The time has come to start writing my fourth paper for this class: the psychoanalytic paper. We have been warned that this is perhaps the hardest paper we will write for this class (which after the struggle I had with the summary/evaluation paper I find that hard to believe, but we shall see).
I flipped through our literature anthology to find a short story to work with for this paper since I read The Turn of the Screw and honestly did not care for the book. The first short story that caught my eye was “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” (or “El ahogado mas hermoso del mundo”)by Gabriel García Márquez. I have studied García Márquez in my spanish classes so I was immediately intrigued. If I learned anything in my spanish literature class it is that much of famous spanish literature has elements of magical realism, and García Márquez did not stray from these themes as a writer. This famous Columbian writer was beloved by many and is one of the most famous authors within the hispanic community. His 2014 death rocked readers from around the world.
What was even more appealing about working with this short story is that I can dust off my spanish skills that haven’t really been utilized since being abroad last fall and look at the original spanish text myself rather than just relying on the translation from the anthology. By using this short story by García Márquez, I am not only using my spanish minor, but I can also draw a clear connection to my English as a Second Language minor (which is the reason I am taking this class) for perhaps the first time this semester. I can see looking at the english and spanish (or english and first language) versions of texts and then writing a paper in english in response with my future ESL students. I am excited to try and write this paper with my minors in mind
I am attempting to write my psychoanalytic on “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” in relation to Carl Jung’s theory, more specifically the archetypal forms. I know it is tougher to apply Jung compared to Freud or Lacan, but I am quite honestly over Freud having studied him in developmental psych in high school and in educational psych freshman year and Jung’s theory made more sense to me overall. I am excited to see how these ideas will collide and what kind of paper will be produced as the result.
The song I have chosen for this post is of course in spanish and was inspired by Gabo (as García Márquez’s fans affectionately refer to the beloved writer). Shakira wrote three songs for the movie adaptation of García Marquez’s “Love in the time of Cholera”, including this song “Hay Amores” (There are Loves), which relates to Freud, the father of psychoanalytic theory, as it implies that as humans we are sexual creatures in search of ‘love’.