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Title: A Psychoanalysis on Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cat
Authors: Kwee, Ayu Hapsari Kurniawan
Keywords: Black Cat;motivation;violence;aggression;Freud;Thanatos
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Program Studi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris FBS-UKSW
Abstract: This paper explains the reason behind the behavioral change of the Black Cat?s narrator. The narrator, who was once an animal lover gradually changed into an animal abuser and killer. I assumed that every motivation to change comes from inside (psychological state) and triggered by external events (alcohol, superstition). In order to prove this assumption, I mostly used Freud?s theory of Thanatos, the death energy that includes aggression. This paper concludes that the motivation to change comes first from inside (psychological state), while external events (alcohol, superstition) serves as a trigger to release what is accumulated inside. This study reveals that a motivation to change or to do violence comes from a person?s own psychological state rather than external events (alcohol, superstition). A person who is mentally healthy, even with external events as triggers, is unlikely to do violence.
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