Common Mortality and Common Insight
This analysis applied to In Memoriam comprises an understanding of modern psychological thinking. Easily, this type of endeavor can lend itself to other works. The simple mentioning of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in this essay begs it to be explored along Kubler-Ross’ stages of loss. Other older works can also be applied toward these psychological methods.
The most famous example of such psychological examinations of classical literature must be how the Oedipus complex informs in Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Ernest Jones . More recently and directly related to the topic of this paper is the June 2006 article by Olivia Pass that compares the stages of loss elucidated by Kubler-Ross to the stages of a character in the Toni Morrison novel Beloved.
The important facet to understand is how modern psychological interpretations of literary works or characters will reveal much more than just a plain comparison. Not only does it lend insight into literature and its deeper meanings, but the repercussions on psychology cannot be ignored. If anything, the examination of In Memoriam above and the examination in Pass’ paper validate theories presented by Kubler-Ross. Add to this the fact that Tennyson published In Memoriam more than 100 years before Kubler-Ross’ work, and it seems to authenticate the psychology throughout the human mind across timelines.
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