Freud’s Dream Theory

In interpreting literature with Freud’s Dream interpretation Theory in mind, it would be helpful to remember that

1) All of the scattered ideas are compacted and condensed into the smallest most effective forms of representation for those ideas. (Freud: “We may suppose that a good part of the intermediate work done during the formation of a dream, which seeks to reduce the dispersed dream-thoughts to the most succinct and unified expression possible[…]”).

That being said, the first most important task to undertake in interpreting literature is to find images that are ambiguous in order to see if they are acting as an umbrella idea for many other smaller similar ideas. After this identification process, the reader should then try and list out all the ideas this term or concept could mean.

In short, the two tasks are identify and expand.

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  1. Kevin L. Ferguson Said,

    November 3, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    “find images that are ambiguous”—this sounds like the opposite of what we want to do: to start with the easy stuff that makes sense!

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