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In Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut Margaret Atwood uses the character Prunella to reveal a human beings psychological relationship to his or her own conscience Princess Prunella is subconsciously obsessed with her physical beauty and wealth as she believes they lead to happiness However once Prunella is stripped of her perception of beauty she questions aspects of her human nature Prunella develops a conscience that aids in shaping her newly profound outlook on a selfless life This moment marks Prunellas understanding of morality which enables her to shape her behaviour Princess Prunellas superficial behaviour is subconsciously driven by her desires beauty and wealth-which aids in her newly profound understanding of altruism once she develops her personal sense of morality The foundation of Princess Prunellas character rests on her subconscious need to appear physically perfect and the requirements to appear this way She devotes much time admiring her reflection in the pocket mirror and assures herself I am perfectly pretty Atwood 3 Moments later she stumbles on her mothers perfume causing it to spill without showing any remorse for her actions She takes pride in her wealth as she does not appreciate the true value of an asset Prunellas superficiality is evident when she says When I grow up I will marry a pinheaded prince with piles of pin-money who will praise me and pamper me and adore me as much as I do Atwood 3 This characters prospects are solely based on covetous desires which inflate her id- the part of the subconscious brain responsible for pleasure Prunellas expectation of the ideal husband blinds her from considering other aspects of a person such as the persona The cause of her money-driven outlook is due to her lack of knowledge on what is deemed valuable behaviour Prunellas parents erred in raising her to develop a set of morals Specifically Prince Peter and Princess Patty spoil her and do not even care to discipline her
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