Freudian (Psychoanalytic) Literary Criticism

By: Vanessa, Brittany, and Sam
• Sexual Desire
• Psychic Apparatus id, ego, super-ego
• Viewed as a dream
• Analysis of symbols and imagery
• Subconscious
• Are the characters’ actions influenced by their motives ?
• Are the symbols representing the character’s sexual
• Do the characters exhibit the three parts of the psychic
• Is the characters’ subconscious mind controlling their
everyday actions?
Repression of the
characters’ sexual desire
Id, ego, and super-ego
reveal character
Examine character action
Shows complexity of
characters’ relationships
• Characters’ intentions
exaggerate a sexual
• Characters’ actions conflict
with different ideas
• Reader digs too deeply into
characters’ motives
• Catcher in the Rye
• Shakespeare
• Psychology
• Social Studies
Literature Examples
• Sigmund Freud's Leonardo
da Vinci and a memory of
his childhood (1910)
• Edmund Wilson's The Turn
of the Screw (1948)
• Marie Bonaparte's The Life
and Works of Edgar Allan
Poe (1949)
• George Orwell’s Nineteen
Media Examples
• The 40 year old virgin
• Inception (2010)
• The Wizard of Oz (1939)
• Alice in Wonderland (1951)
• Lollipop by Lil Wayne
• Only Girl (In the World) by
• Pour Some Sugar On Me by
Def Leppard
• Anything by Lady Gaga
• Psychology Class
• Social Studies
• English literature discussions
• Focus on desires
• Read about the author
• Other works of the author