Critically analysis three citation (one page for each section)


This paper consists of THREE sections. Your task is to choose ONE citation from each section and to write a critical commentary/analysis. You should consider the context of the citation, who is speaking, and why they say what they do. Feel free to draw on your knowledge of Freud, Marcuse, and Dreyfus when writing your commentary. Be sure to write precise, clear sentences. Keep your commentary focused. 12, times new roman, double space, one page for each section( 3 pages total) Don’t forget to tag which citation you choose.

Critically analyze one of the following citations from Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents:


1. “…satisfaction is obtained from illusions, which are recognized as such without the discrepancy between them and reality being allowed to interfere with enjoyment. The region from which these illusions arise is the life of the imagination…works of art…Nevertheless the mild narcosis induced in us by art can do no more than bring about a transient withdrawal from the pressure of vital needs, and it is not strong enough to make us forget real misery.”

2. “Reality shows us that civilization is not content with the ties that we have so far allowed it. It aims at binding the members of the community together in a libidinal way as well and employs every means to that end…it summons up aim-inhibited libido on the largest scale so as to strengthen the communal bond by relations of friendship.”

Critically analyze one of the following citations from Herbert Marcuse’s Essay on Liberation:


3. “Today’s rebels want to see, hear, feel new things in a new way: they link liberation with the dissolution of ordinary and orderly perception. The ‘trip’ involves the dissolution of the ego shaped by the established society – an artificial and short-lived dissolution. But the artificial and ‘private’ liberation anticipates, in a distorted manner, an exigency of the social liberation: the revolution must be at the same time a revolution in perception which will accompany the material and intellectual reconstruction of society, creating the new aesthetic environment.”

4. “As against the rule of class and national interests which suppress this common interest, the revolt against the old societies is truly international: emergence of a new, spontaneous solidarity. This struggle is a far cry from the ideal of humanism and humanitas; it is the struggle for life – life not as masters and not as slaves, but as men and women.”

Critically analyze one of the following citations from Dreyfus’ On the Internet:


5. “…no one has been able to program a computer to respond to what is relevant.”

6. “Not only do people have to acquire skills by imitating the style of experts in specific domains; they have to acquire the style of their culture in order to gain what Aristotle calls practical wisdom.”