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A FREUDIAN PERSPECTIVE OF A HAUNTED HOUSE By C259t259lina Ciau351 The writer who has many liberties may choose as heshe wishes the scene of action the real world or a world which is more or less further from the former The reader follows himher in both cases Nevertheless one finds it difficult to follow Virginia Woolf in her world of fiction because of her cripted style especially in stories such as A Haunted House Virginia Woolfs generation grew up in an environment of ideas made up of Russian literature and Freuds psychoanalysis of French Post-Impressionist painting and G B Moores philosophy In this context the author felt the need of redefining reality as the source of fiction Woolf rebels against the Victorian way of writing against the necessity of providing plot comedy and tragedy and turns to inner-reality to stream of consciousness to new techniques of expressing fiction Stream of consciousness fiction depends on the principles of the psychological free association attempting to show how counsciuousness reacts to various stimuli that stir a persons memory imagination or senses To do that other devices are necessary like the suspension of mental content according to the laws of psychological association the representation of discontinuity and compression by standard rhetorical figures and the suggestion of multiple levels of meaning by images and symbols All these elements are to be met in Woolfs A Haunted House a metafiction that tackles the complexity of human mind with reference to the fiction and the condition of the writer However the symbolistic of the story makes it difficult for the reader to decode the message if one does not take into consideration the modernist authors interest in the psychological aspects of characters and the basic elements of psychoanalysis In his studies on the interpretation of dreams Freud states that the process of dreaming has certain steps compression several images or thoughts that have a common element are put
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