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Human beings are selfish by nature - the recognition of people who provide for the poor or consider others pleasure before their own is so magnified because of this Sigmund Freuds theory of the EGO has manifested itself in the novel In the Lake of the Woods to condemn the nature of human beings in the same sense and to demonstrate the power of the ID inside ones EGO In the novel John Wade is the explicit representative who displays the lengths a human will wander in order to satisfy personal requisites John demonstrates that his memory translation the search for his identity and the art of illusion are all valuable reserves that he is able to unconsciously use in order to satisfy his ID and to furthermore consciously dominate his EGO with personal gratification that allows him to cope with traumatic experiencesThe earliest examples in the novel of Johns ID dominance come at the same time as the mentioning of his traumatic experience in Vietnam - displaying the direct correlation between the two John satisfies his own conscience by relating his killing of a Viet-Cong sniper to a magic trick After the shooting the book says the men in Charlie Company couldnt stop talking about Sorcerers new trick OBrien 40 Then when John returns home from Vietnam John says Hey Sorcerer hows tricks OBrien 41 The illusion John is able to create in his own mind manipulates what has really occurred in this traumatizing event and opens the door to his identity as Sorcerer and his ability to create false realities in his memory The idea of his tricks play on to his Sorcerer title A magician is able to make the audience believe a spectacular feat has occurred while concealing the truth behind the sorcerers sneaky actions In the sense of In the Lake of the Woods John is a Sorcerer and the audience is his sub-conscious He makes his sub-conscious believe
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