By Charles I. Glicksberg

1. The Dialectic of the Sex-Motif in Literature intercourse is a functionality of tradition; in literature this day it performs just a small although aggressively righteous half. Nature, lengthy held in bondage, periodically breaks out in insurrection, yet its victory is rarely entire. In each society, prim­ itive in addition to modem, the sexual intuition is for reliable or evil continuously topic to a couple degree of rules and reticence. In literature, the place the conflict among love and intercourse, spirit and flesh, is fought out by way of symbolic motion, the writers aid their reason, for or opposed to sexual freedom, with various levels of evangelical ardor and outspokenness. in this factor there is not any unanimity for the easy cause that American tradition isn't really unified in its ideals in regards to the nature of guy. The vital clash among instinctual wishes and the claims of the proper, among actual wish and the interior payment, among Dionysus and Christ, is going on for all time. Sublimation is the cultural technique wherein sexual strength is deflected from its organic resource and diverted into spiritually "higher" and socially extra important channels. yet sublimation is for many males tough to accomplish. As civilization grows extra complicated, the person is uncovered to a sequence of more and more serious ethical traces. Pitted opposed to Nature whereas topic to its legislation, he needs to consequently­ forth be ruled in his habit by way of internal in addition to outer controls.

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