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Whenever the Viscount was split in half his good side was separated from his bad side In Freudian terms his id and superego became independent of one another The Bad One seeks only self-gratification while the Good One takes self-sacrificing societal ideals of behavior to an extreme Intensifying the behaviors of the Good One and the Bad One even more is that the Viscount no longer has an ego to mediate between the two personality constructs since they are now virtually independent of one another Upon coming back from the Crusades the Bad One experiences a dissatisfaction with life but he also feels that he has never viewed life so clearly before The reason he seems to view life so clearly is because he feels no societal pressures since he has lost his superego He no longer has to be concerned about pleasing his superego or society he can act out of pure instinct Because he no longer cares about societal pressures he no longer concerns himself with what others think of him It doesnt matter that the townspeople think ill of him and speak poorly of him behind his back His only concern is that they obey him which out of fear they do Since he acts only according to instinct he causes much pain and suffering without any feelings of regret or guilt One of his first actions after coming back is killing his fathers trained bird with basically his own hands and therefore indirectly causing his fathers death But does he the id care Of course not He goes around cutting living things in half hanging people and cats burning houses and giving his nephew poisonous mushrooms because he feels like it He makes no excuses or rationalizations for his actions because without the superego he has no need to The Good One on the other hand takes goodness and societal ideals of morality to the extreme He personifies everything that
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