Sarah Ann Thomas
Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Strange Meeting, Wilfred Owen.
Within each piece of literature, there exist clues to guide the reader to a deeper understanding of the literary work, of the author of the work, and even of the inner workings of the individual reader. Using psychoanalytical theory to analyse a work of literature allows the reader to consider how the writing represents the author’s repressed desires, fears, and impulses. The psychoanalytical analysis also considers how the literature presents the author’s isolation from events or even the denial of the existence of certain events and circumstances through identification of the inner workings of the mind. This study examines the portrayal of the human psyche in Wilfred Owen's "Strange Meeting," drawing parallels with Owen's own encounters with war. Focusing solely on Sigmund Freud's personality theory of the id, ego, and superego, the analysis delves into the psychological traumas endured by soldiers, including Owen, during World War I. By applying Freudian concepts, such as the primal instincts of the id, the rationality of the ego, and the moral dictates of the superego, this research sheds light on the inner conflicts and struggles depicted in Owen's poem. Through this lens, the study offers a deeper understanding of the psychological toll of war on individuals, providing insight into the experiences of soldiers grappling with the complexities of their own minds amidst the horrors of conflict.
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Unique Paper ID: 162771

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 10

Page(s): 810 - 813
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