As we move along in these edition works of Freud(thanks to the Hogarth press in wonderful editions)..it is good to look at a banned book of the period..kind of banned. The novel Ann Veronica( a work truncated by arnold bennett) about a woman showing love towards a man, was banned and largely due to its popularity, and vehemently criticized by religious zealots vociferously(although one of its greatest supporters was the literary critic G.K.Chesterton an ardent christian, but whoose reputation among christians is mixed) although it was banned from libraries and hissed in the press and public, was allowed to circulate worldwide and was popular...I open with these remarks since the present volume deals with children and sexual awakening and morality. The book does cover ideas like money and associations to the body(p 170) and anal identification and those who cleave to things, however one wants to agree with such views. He talks of the 'money complex'(p 173) and civilization 'hold on his money dirty or filthy'(p 172) but this is not an anti capitalist condemnation, but from religious standpoint, like the moslem christian ban on usury still enforced by Moslem's, see the Merchant of Venice. His view is of an 'anal character'(p 175) Therapy should evolve around bringing back a person's 'innate constitution(p 182) the natural ideas and goodnes in people. He laments in his time(and how about ours) 'irreligion discontent and covetousness..party politics'(p 183)' and also the 'craving for pleasure...contempt for every ethical principle'(p 184)..he then discusses the 'intellectual inferiority ..women...inhibition of thought'(p 196)' and on p 203 a social problem of wife husband lover. Is this all connected to absence of thought? ...or'enslaved to hedonism'(p 204)..
Then children, and adults themselves are not'purely thinking beings'(p 211) and many problems of people young and old are 'psychical conflict' and 'cessation of reflection'(p 214), and he talks of children and envy, and boys obsessions and castration complex. The most important part of the book and a great insight is his view of the violence in people starting in childhood and being weeded out of them somehow, but not always. Children always want to do'something violent' 'knock to pieces, to tear open a whole somewhere'(aperture as sex obsession)..and he discusses the baby and stork, child's wonderment of where babies come from, and from an early time a child's linking of sex and violence. The 'impulse towards 'creul behavior'(p 221) and a woman in her relations 'defending herself against an act of violence'(p 221) Then a chapter 'Some General remarks on hysterical attacks' dealing with fantasies and an important point the'reversal of the chronological order'(p 230) in fantasies toward the 'process of satisfaction'(p 232)
Liberation is then discusses and it is a religious impulse like the year of jubilee among jews. interesting is the child(male) fixation on mother's love life and romances 'mother as many fictitious love affairs'(p 240)..then his 10 favorite books and his views of the purpose of the person as 'goodness far above beauty edification above aesthetic enjoyment' (P 247)one oh his favorite american writer is the humorist Mark Twain, well regarded worldwide.
The beginning and a large part of the book is on fetishes among the ruins of pompei and a statuette...the dreaming personality building'castles in the air..daydreams' but also on the fetish prior to that(p 145)...and also the idea of 'forepleasure'(p 152) today called foreplay particular to humans and our fantasizing minds. as he works toward 'liberation of tensions in our minds'(p 153)..As we move on in this series, and we began with the censoreship in the arts, and a popular worldview of the family and culture, which is now displaced, and is the root of the cause probably of modern demographics and its downward turn. The most important parts of this book, are the fetish beginning, the idea of violence children and sex and associations, and liberation and edification which forms the end
the book acknowledging a 'jewish religious teacher'(p 255) 'spark'..'burned in him'(p 255) the prophetic zeal like the prophet jeremiah who was as here described, and he looks back to the 'German classical period'(p 255) compared to his times, but pays homage and 'gratitude towards a revered teacher'(p 256) which was a value of German and Jewish culture, but not often exalted outside these areas. That's my interpretation of this volume.