Freudian Trivialization of the Characters’ Problematic and Traumatic Death Drive in After Death and Aurora Leigh

Jun Luo


With respect to the Freudian psychanalytical meditation on the complicated minds of the vivid characters depicted in the introspective and instructive production of Christina Rossetti’s After Death (1866), and, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856), it has come to the minds of an increasing number of experienced readers that it takes them to think much more of the crucial connection of the theoretical insights carried in Freudian death drive and the particular development of the perceptive and cognitive potentialities of the characters depicted in the symbolic and strategic characterization of those two poems produced for the evident, authentic, and, essential revelation of their unconscious minds as mirrored in the insightful and ingenuous trivialization of the problematic and traumatic thoughts and actions of the characters of those two poetic texts to be read in line with what has been manifested in the reliable visualization and narrativization quite conducive for the euphemistic purification and pacification of the peaceful and painful minds instilled into the interweavement of the crucial narrative facts and narrative events valuable for the representation of the mindsets of those who have been symbolized in the poeticization of the social thoughts and actions of those who have lived and worked in Victorian age. However, what seems to be quite pitiful in the critical and crucial valuation, evaluation, and revaluation of the rather high perceptive and cognitive compatibility epitomized in the essential and evident elaboration of the unvisited perceptive and cognitive microcosm of those characters, is, that the critical attention of most literary scholars has seldom been paid to the intentional trivialization of the true physical and spiritual mishaps those characters have suffered from in their lives and experiences. To have a much better understanding of their strong intrinsic perceptive and cognitive inclination, this essay will make an exploration of the characters’ similar death drive trivialized in the euphemistic figuration, configuration, and, transfiguration of their problematic and traumatic misfortunes of those miserable characters indebted to the theoretical enlightenment acquirable from the aggression, repetition, compulsion, and, self-destructiveness in the elaboration of Freudian death drive.

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