--a tremendous and amorphous vitality.
--the source of all our aggressions and desires. It is lawless,
asocial, and amoral.
--its concern is purely for instinctual gratification, heedless
--the moral censoring agency
--repository of conscience and pride
--dominated by morality principle
Eagleton on pleasure principle vs. reality principle:
What has dominated human history to date is the need to labour; and for Freud that harsh necessity means that we must repress some of our tendencies to pleasure and gratification. ...Every human being has to undergo this repression of what Freud named the 'pleasure principle' by the 'reality principle.' ...If too much is demanded of us, we are likely to fall sick. This form of sickness is known as neurosis.Elizabeth Wright on repression:
Primary (psychic) Process: allows the psychical energy to flow
"Young Goodman Brown"
|Faith& the village||Brown||the Devil with a snake-like staff & the forest|
- Raman Seldon. Reader's Guide to Contemporary Theory Harvester. 1993: pp. 118-26.
- Terry Eagleton. Literary Theory: An Introduction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983
- Wright, Elizabeth. Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Reappraisal. September, 1998.