LuminaBlack (cousin_of_black) wrote,

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on Freud...

This quote is from Terry Eagleton, Literary theory: an introduction, p. 161.

'The ego is a pitiable, precarious entity, battered by the external world, scourged by the cruel upbraidings of the superego, plagued by the greedy, insatiable demands of the id. Freud's compassion for the ego is a compassion for the human race, labouring under the almost intolerable demands placed upon it by a civilization built upon the repression of desire and the deferment of gratification. ... He was deeply convinced that modern society had become tyrannical in its repressiveness.'
Tags: comment on society, eagleton, freud
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