By Lois Lowry
Thirteen-year-old Meg envies her sister's attractiveness and recognition. Her emotions don't make it any more straightforward for her to deal with Molly's unusual disorder and eventual demise.
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An internal affair. Even in the case of external danger, the fear is not because of the danger, but a result of the feeling of being deserted by the one whom the ego has put its trust in. 2. An act of volition. ” Fear of death is a choice. 3. A result of defeatism. The ego gives up and does not fight, reframing the dangerous situation as one it cannot overcome by itself—it is as if Freud is reproaching a disobedient or cowardly soldier. The tone is critical and judgmental. Fear of death is a result of lack of will, lack of motivation to fight, or softness.
Unless, that is, something compels Freud to raise the issue of the fear of death at that specific point. ” The whole dynamic here recalls the one described in “On Negation” (1925, p. 235): “Who was this figure in the dream? ” Anyway, once such an antithetical view has snuck in, it must be refuted. ” Freud then begins his discussion of the fear of death, but admits “it presents a difficult problem to psychoanalysis,” because death is abstract, and negative, and has no unconscious correlative (1923, p.
But suppose we accept the criterion of earlier experience. The counterexample of fainting (and sleep, which is not mentioned) is obvious, and Freud quickly adds, as if to refute it, that fainting does not leave traces, another ad hoc criterion against the representation of death. Yet even if we accept the requirement of an earlier experience, one can question the notion of resemblance. 14 Another variation of the lack of prior experience argument insists on the factor of age. Children know nothing of the horrors of corruption, of freezing in the ice-cold grave, of the terrors of eternal nothingness—ideas which grown-up people find it so hard to tolerate, as is proved by all the myths of a future life.