A Christmas Carol | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Ronald R. Thomas

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of A Christmas Carol.
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Critical Essay by Ronald R. Thomas

SOURCE: “Dreams of Authority and the Authority of Dreams,” in Dreams of Authority: Freud and the Fictions of the Unconscious, Cornell University Press, 1990, pp. 17–69.

In the following excerpt, Thomas provides a Freudian interpretation of A Christmas Carol.

A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it, gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke.

—Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

The fundamental claim Freud would make about the origin of dreams is that they are expressions by the dreamer of a wish. The wish may be repressed and hence not immediately recognizable as a wish, and its expression may be disguised for a number of important reasons. But the dream is nevertheless an expression of the dreamer's desires. One of Freud's achievements was...

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