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Applying Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory to William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”

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Growing up we make connections with certain people we encounter. These connections range from parents, relatives, or someone we highly admire, and whether we realize it or not these people impact our lives and how we view the world. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, Emily, the main character would be a great example for Freud’s psychoanalytic theory; the theory refers to the definition of personality organization and the dynamics of personality development that guide the psychoanalytic. One of the basic tenets of psychoanalytic is human attitude, mannerism, experience, and thought which is largely influenced by irrational drives. Emily was in love with her father, she used her sweetheart as her father replacement, and she wanted to keep her sweethearts body.

Growing up Emily’s father, Mr. Gierson, made her stay in the house and not socialize with others. He taught her that he was only trying to protect her from the outside world. Mr.Gierson was a rude man who felt that things should go his way; therefore, his daughter hopelessly fell for him because she did not know any oth...
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