BronteandDickens
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I am currently writing about the Victorian novel concerning contextual psychology and psychoanalysis and I am just wondering which texts best relate to this topic.
I was considering 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' as one perhaps, and Dickens' 'Great Expectations'. Although 'Great Expectations' does not deal with any specific psychological theory as much, it does present a psychological development of Pip and other characters. Miss Havisham seems to suffer mentally as well as psychologically abusing Estella, but is this relevant or not? Perhaps Stevenson's novel is better at tackling this topic, but I would like to know your thoughts?
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is quite a good one because a number of things spring to mind: borderline personality disorder, Freud's theory of personality (id, ego, superego), hysteria. Great expectations is trickier. Most of the psychology would revolve around Miss Havisham - social isolation, depression, anxiety from past trauma. From behavioural psychology, you could argue that Pip's attempts to be better (successful) so he could be with Estelle is an example of positive reinforcement.
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(Original post by tulipsinrain)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is quite a good one because a number of things spring to mind: borderline personality disorder, Freud's theory of personality (id, ego, superego), hysteria. Great expectations is trickier. Most of the psychology would revolve around Miss Havisham - social isolation, depression, anxiety from past trauma. From behavioural psychology, you could argue that Pip's attempts to be better (successful) so he could be with Estelle is an example of positive reinforcement.
Thank you this is extremely helpful!
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