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How does Ed`s re-connection to his instinctive nature enable him to cope with what he is confronted with?

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Civilization and primal instincts conflict

INSTRUCTIONS:

English Prompt from the Instructor:



Since "it is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct" (Quote by Sigmund Freud page 51-52), we can understand why there is such a struggle for these four city men to shed their civilized "skin" and resort to their primal selves in order to survive in the wild in James Dickey`s novel "Deliverance". So, in a thesis-driven argument of minimum 4 typed pages and using Sigmund Freud`s "Civilization and its Discontents" to help support your position by arguing only one the following questions:



Assignment: Choose either Option #1 or Option #2:



Option #1: Analyze a specific conflict between the law of nature and the law of man in the novel.



Option #2: How does Ed`s re-connection to his instinctive nature enable him to cope with what he is confronted with? 



If you choose Option #2, understand Ed is confronted with many situations so only focus on one specific situation to answer the question.



Instructions: Make sure to use several quotes from both James Dickey`s "Deliverance" and Sigmund Freud`s "Civilization and Its Discontents" to help support your argument. Have a "Work`s Cited" page and also make sure to have an "Outline" in a separate typed page that has your intro, thesis, topic sentences for your body paragraphs, and conclusion all in order that shows me how you organized your essay. 



Essay Guidelines:



Font: Times New Roman, 1 inch margins all around.



Notes from me the student to you the writer:



The choice is up to you to choose between Option #1 or Option #2.



For me personally I sort of understand Option #2 and these are some notes I made for you about a specific situation for Option #2:



After reading James Dickey`s "Deliverance" one situation that I feel where Ed re-connects to his instinctive nature that enables him to cope with what he is confronted with is towards the end of the novel when Ed is being interrogated by the Police. 



For example, earlier in the novel Ed stated that "dealing with the police makes his blood run cold" because Ed feels nervous around police officials but towards the end of the novel after Drew is killed by unknown person and with Lewis having a broken leg, Ed then instinctively assumes the leadership role of the group. Ed, Bobby, and Lewis are faced with a dilemma as they contemplate going to the police to tell them the truth about how the Hillbillies attacked them. In summary, in self defense the group kills one of the Hillbillies, while the other toothless Hillbilly escapes. Then later on to avenge Drew`s death they look for the other toothless Hillbilly, however, they unknowingly kill a deputy officer named Benson by mistake as he was out in the woods holding a gun. This presents a problem for the group because if they tell the truth to the police about the events that occurred its almost certain that court will find them guilty of the offenses. Ed, Bobby, and Lewis collectively come up with a plan to destroy the evidence that links them to the crimes by burying the bodies knowing that eventually the lake will overflow the land. The only way Ed feels like they can get away if they lie to police by changing their story as to how their canoes broke, changing the story as to how how Drew died and having no recollection of what could have happened to the missing officer Benson and not even mentioning the assault of the Hillbillies. After the group tell their story to officer Queen, the officer doesn`t believe Ed because he believes that Ed, Bobby and Drew had something to do with the disappearance of Deputy Benson. In fact, dealing with Officer Queen is probably the most challenging for Ed because Officer Queen instincts of "brute force" (in reference to Freud) because Queen represents law enforcement. During the interrogation we see how Ed has changed because before at the beginning of the novel the presence of police made Ed nervous but now after all the events that Ed has been through during the interrogation Ed is very calm and serious by not showing any signs that he could breakdown with guilt.



The purpose of the essay is to just focus on ONLY ONE CONFLICT for Option #1 or ONLY ONE SPECIFIC SITUATION for Option #2 in which Ed`s re-connection to his instinctive self. There are other situations for option #2 but the best I can sort of understand is what I described above about Ed being interrogated by Deputy Queen. 



Here are the ISBN numbers to both: 



"Deliverance" by James Dickey is ISBN: 0-385-31387-X 



"Civilization and its Discontents" by Sigmund Freud is ISBN 0-393-30158-3

CONTENT:

Outline Introduction Option Choice Thesis Statement Civilization and primal instincts conflict Topic sentence: Civilization now defines every aspect of the human life Quotes: “…But if you conceal this body you’re setting yourself up for murder charge. That much law I do know” (Dickey, 125). “The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious things in life.” (Freud, Strachey and Gay, 7) Topic sentence: Men will always tend to protect their ladies and parent will always try their best to protect and avenge their children and loved ones. Quotes: “…for enough breath to live on from second to second. There was nothing je could do, but as he looked at the blood on my chest and under my throat” (Dickey, 113). “Normally there is nothing we are more certain of than the feeling of our self, our own ego.” (Freud, Strachey and Gay, 10) “ Against all the evidence of his senses the man in love declares that he and his beloved are one, and is prepared to behave as if it were a fact” (Freud, Strachey and Gay, 11) James Dickey’s Deliverance Topic sentence: This is a novel that presents one of the most fundamental supports to the debate about civilization and the internal struggles that every man faces in light of maintaining the social norms. Quot...


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