The White Hotel Setting & Symbolism

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Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein is a health resort in the Austrian Alps where Lisa goes to relax during her therapy and composes her hallucinatory writings.

The White Hotel

The white hotel is the center of Lisa's hallucinations. It is a resort by a lake, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Freud interprets it as a stand-in for Lisa's mother's womb.

The Black Cat

The black cat is first found stranded in a pine tree after the flood at the white hotel. It miraculously survives several other disasters, and reappears in Lisa's final fantasy as Vaska, the Shchadenko's cat.

The Left Breast

In her dream, ice cuts off the young woman's left breast. In "The Gastein Journal," a pastor sees a breast flying through the trees. In real life, Lisa has pains in her left breast and her friend Ludmila Kedrova dies of breast cancer.

The Wooden Embryo

In her dream...

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