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Into The Mind Essay

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Barton 3Aaron BartonMr. Di FioriComp IV11 October 2014Into the MindThere are many forms of literature analysis, but psychological analysis is the only one that dives into the mind of an individual to reveal their innermost thoughts and desires. You can take a piece of literature and break down every character and their reasoning behind their actions. This is useful to help get a better understanding of a character in a story. By looking at the Grimm's version of "Little Red Riding Hood" published by Knopf in 1988 through a psychological lens, one can apply the three Freudian zones of the psychological approach to the story because Wolf acts as the id, Mother and Grandmother as the superego, and Little Red Riding Hood as the ego.When correctly applying the psychoanalytical approach to this story, it is appropriate to prove the interactions of the human mind. The concept of the unconscious mind can galvanize human actions because it is the root to all behavior. This human behavior can be applied to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. "Sigmund Freud believed that there were three psychic zones of mental processes: id, ego and superego" (Ego Psychology II). In "Little Red Riding Hood," Little Red Riding Hood's elders, Grandmother and Mother represent the superego in the story. The superego is based on morals and it tries to keep the ego on the right path (Examples of Id Ego and Superego). They both raise Little Red Riding Hood by helping to protect and control her motives and desires. Mother tells Little Red Riding Hood not to go into the woods alone as she will be tempted to drift from the path. Using a psychological point of view, this is a demonstration that Mother is acting as the superego to keep the id in check. Grandmother acts as the superego too by devising a plot to kill Wolf, thus blocking out the id from Little Red Riding Hood.Wolf symbolizes the id as he is lacking both the logic and rule of action, he functions only to reach full satisfaction. Wolf is the id because he gives in to his own uncontrolled desires ("Ego Psychology and Social Work Practice). When Wolf first catches sight of the young girl he immediately wanted to eat her up. In the Grimm's version the wolf thought to himself, "That tender young thing would be a delicious morsel, and would taste better than the old one; I must manage somehow to get both of them." Wolf refrained himself from his own desires for a moment so he could get both the grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood. Eventually, giving in to his urges, he arrived at the Grandmother's house first and devoured her. Once Wolf ate Grandmother he could not stop himself in giving in to his own temptations. Wolf was not being sensible once he gave into his temptations because at that point he was only thinking with his stomach which proves that he is the id. Freud explains that, "The id is driven by the pleasure principle, which strives for immediate gratification of all desires, wants, and needs. If these needs are...

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