A Freudian Perspective Of "A Haunted House" By Virginia Wool

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A FREUDIAN PERSPECTIVE OFA HAUNTED HOUSEBy Cătălina Ciauş'The writer, who has many liberties, may choose as he/she wishes the scene of action: the real world or a world which is more or less further from the former. The reader follows him/her in both cases'. Nevertheless one finds it difficult to follow Virginia Woolf in her world of fiction, because of her cripted style, especially in stories such as A Haunted House. 'Virginia Woolf's generation grew up in an environment of ideas made up of Russian literature and Freud's psychoanalysis, of French Post-Impressionist painting and G. B. Moore's philosophy. In this context the author felt the need of redefining reality as the source of fiction'. Woolf rebels against the Victorian way of writing, against the necessity of providing plot, comedy and tragedy and turns to inner-reality, to stream of consciousness, to new techniques of expressing fiction: 'Stream of consciousness fiction depends on the principles of the psychological free association attempting to show how counsciuousness reacts to various stimuli that stir a person's memory, imagination or senses. To do that, other devices are necessary, like the suspension of mental content according to the laws of psychological association, the representation of discontinuity and compression by standard rhetorical figures and the suggestion of multiple levels of meaning by images and symbols'All these elements are to be met in Woolf's A Haunted House, a metafiction that tackles the complexity of human mind with reference to the fiction and the condition of the writer. However, the symbolistic of the story makes it difficult for the reader to decode the message if one does not take into consideration the modernist author's interest in the psychological aspects of characters and the basic elements of psychoanalysis.In his studies on the interpretation of dreams, Freud states that the process of dreaming has certain steps: compression (several images or thoughts that have a common element are put together and compressed during the subconscious activity), shifting (the images obtained after compression are scrambled until they form an incoherent, illogical film), representation (the new film is organised by the subconsciousness so as to create a façade, to link the apparently dispersed images). The result of these stages is most of the times a representation of human's most hidden thoughts during the conscious activity and the dreaming process is so very complex because even the subconsciousness censors the deepest ideas. It depends on people to take each and every detail substituted with symbols and decipher it in order to discover their most complex problems, their hidden thoughts, their real feelings.In A Haunted House, Virginia Woolf does nothing else but taking over these stages and creating a literary work, which leads us to the idea that the story expresses a message about the subconscious - a point of interest in the modernism...

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