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1) The protagonist’s Id can be described by the way he/she?2) Protagonist’s Ego was...

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Posted January 27, 2008 at 3:18 AM via web

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1) The protagonist’s Id can be described by the way he/she?

2) Protagonist’s Ego was obvious when?

3) Protagonist’s Superego can be seen when?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 27, 2008 at 8:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Understand the Id as the unconscious that harbors secrets upon which we act without understanding the motivations for our actions, the narrator’s id reveals itself through her dreams of being on Johnny Carson, where she answers questions wittily and Deeshows great love for her. In short, even though the narrator always criticizes Dee for being proud and hard, in truth she desperately wants her daughter’s love and resents the fact Dee doesn’t admire her. The fantasy also indicates the narrator wants much of the glitz that she resents in her daughter’s life, and someone such as Johnny Carson telling her “what a fine girl” she is. As for her ego, that part of her personality resents and condemn Dee’s  beauty and success, as well as her desire to have something more in life than the simple country existence that is her mother’s and sister’s life. The superego is the conscience, that part of our personality that tells us when we are doing something wrong. Surely the mother feels partly responsible for Maggie’s injuries, even though she seems to blame the fire on Dee.  Giving Maggie the coveted quilts assuages any guilt that the mother might feel for Maggie’s limited life and lack of beauty.


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