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I strongly believe that every person who reads a book, listens to the radio, or watches a
program on television will make their own assumptions. I know I do. Most of us will ask, “Why
did the main character make that decision?” Or “What were they thinking?” Could it be that the
author of the story is protruding their own subconscious thoughts and beliefs through their
characters? Absolutely, most critics have adapted psychoanalytic literary criticism theory based
upon the works of psychoanalysis by famous psychologists Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and
Jacques Lacan to literary works. ‘Psychoanalytic literary criticism does not constitute a unified
field….However, all variants endorse, at least to a certain degree, the idea that literature…is
fundamentally entwined with the psyche’ (wiki).The three literary works which will be analyzed
in this essay are “A Woman Like Me”, “Swaddling Clothes”, and “The Necklace” using
psychoanalytic criticism theories of literary works of the authors, characters, and text.
What is Psychoanalytic Literary…