The Superego Behind the Id in Ozymandias

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The Superego Behind the Id in Ozymandias "Ozymandias" written by Percy Shelley, represents the psychological forces of the id as well as the superego, as a charceter in a poem, and as a poetic work. In the poem we encounter a traveler. He brings a message from the desert. There is a statue that exists alone among the rocks and sand. Stamped on the pedestal of that statue are these words, "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" We can gather from his warning that Ozymandias, as a man, was controlled by his Id. His cockiness is evident. The statue reads "Look upon my works and despair." Despair at the fact that you cannot be as great as him. "I am king of kings." He proclaims a bold statement. A statement that defies God himself. The superego is usually the voice of law, in this case this is the law of God, of reason, and represented by civilization. Id is usually anarchy and nature. Ozymandias broke the law of God. Look at what that pride has brought him too. He became a man that was destroyed by his own wild ambitions. Even though h...

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