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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086731

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086731.001.0001

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Freud and guilt

Freud and guilt

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Literature and Psychoanalysis

Jeremy Tambling

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses what Freud thought about guilt, a central topic of his work, and explores this through several critical texts: ‘Criminals from a Sense of Guilt’, ‘The Ego and the Id’, his essays on anxiety, and ‘Civilization and Its Discontents’. It presents Freud's views on Macbeth and Rosmersholm and his argument that criminal deeds attempt to mitigate a sense of guilt. In discussing ego, superego and id, Freud introduces another distinction, in referring to a differentiation within the ego by which it narcissistically looks at itself.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, criminal guilt, ego and id, conscience, narcissism

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