Psychoanalysis and Medea I. Body

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I. INTRODUCTION
A. Background Information
1. This critical theory does not concern itself with what the author intended; instead the theory focuses on what the author has repressed and did not mean to write about. 2. Background Information: Psychoanalytic critical theory states that literature expresses the secret unconscious desires of the author. 3. Sigmund Freud’s book.

4. Id, ego, and superego: id is the unconscious psyche, drives, and desire 5. Ego is the rational, orderly, conscious part of the mind. 6. Superego is a set of internalized rules that dictates moral judgment B. Thesis statement: Through psychoanalysis, the audience gathers a deeper meaning on why the characters act the way they do. 1. Psychoanalysis

2. Influence of motives in Medea

I. BODY
A. Psychoanalysis of Medea’s motives
1. Thesis statement
2. Supporting Ideas:
a. Her libido transforms into ego when her libido object is taken from her. (reference) b. “Libido is a term used in the theory of instincts for describing the dynamic manifestations of sexuality.”(reference) c. "So sweet […] the mere touch of you: the bloom of children's skin – so soft […] their breath – a perfect balm" (Quote) d. Women’s rights: Euripides' conscious included, ie. woman's rights

B. Jason’s motives
1. Thesis statement
2. Supporting Ideas: shows how Jason deals with sorrow, denial, rationalization, projection
a. Reason/Detail/Fact and transition (reference) b. "What we poor males really need is a way of having babies on our own – no females, please. Then the world would be completely trouble free" (Quote) c. "You...
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