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The Scarlet Letter from a Freudian Psychoanalytical Point of View When looking at The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne from a Freudian psychoanalytical critical view it can be seen that Pearl represents the id Dimmesdale represents the superego and Hester represents the ego The id is the aspect in a literary piece that urges immediate gratification and does not always act consciously Pearl represents the id because her nave inner child prevents her from realizing right from wrong and she acts without thinking The superego is the character that reflects all the behaviors and fears of society Dimmesdale represents the superego as he punishes himself beyond what is necessary as a result of his fear of what society will think of his sin The ego is the character who balances out the inner desires of the id and the superegos behaviors of society Hester represents the ego because she is the balance between right and wrong and the balance between people in her life Pearl represents the id because she is a child and does not realize evil or the extent of her actions The id is the subconscience desire of what is want the most because it is the inner child who does whatever it wants-where ever it wants- and it has no sense of conscience Pearl acts in nave ways without recognizing actions as right or wrong Pearl shows this when she does not identify the A on Hesters chest as a bad thing In one incident Pearl is playing in the water with eelgrass and she makes an A with it When her mother tries to explain the symbol of the A Pearl does not understand Instead of relating the A to sin she relates it to Dimmesdale Though Hester tries it is the nave conscious of Pearl that keeps her from understanding the evil that the A represents As representing the id Pearl shows little sign of a
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