Another sharp retort on the lifestyle of women during those days of fledgling feminism escapes the lips of Mrs Hale when she laments, “That was a crime. That was a crime. Who’s going to punish that”? Clearly Mrs Hale is lamenting the merciless death of the little song bird rather than the death of the brutal fiend who had twisted its poor fragile neck. This shows how perceptive women tend to be in perceiving the sense of right and wrong in a given situation as compared to men.
Freud, the pass master of interpretation of convoluted thinking processes, has taken the analysis of the finer play of emotions and the minds to a level where there was no hiding the aftermath of a traumatic experience. While the behavior may remain as near normal as possible it is the underlying fears and apprehensions that are subdued in the psyche that tends to manifest themselves in a myriad of ways [Freud, Sigmund,New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Penguin Freud Library 12) (1933): 105-6].
Manifestation of Perceptionsalong Gender Divide
Down the centuries there has been a marked tendency among women to repress their emotions and real feelings regarding all forms of experiences in their day to day lives. The manifest content of the latent yet explicit desires of women have been especiallyfine-tuned over the centuries to be manifested in a series of actions that when interpreted by a mastermind like Freud may well end up becoming the sinister manifestation of a criminal mind.
In the text quoted, it is the women who guess the real motive and implementation of the homicide while the men keep beating around the bush without even scratching the surface. The men are totally clueless and merely storm up and down as they discuss inconsequential events and signs (Freud, 106). They are absolutely full of their own modes of critique. In fact they are the very fructification of Freud’s familiar and unfamiliar which in their unconscious mind is a projection of the forbidden, repressed and subdued impulses. It is here that feminism ceases to be a mere chimera of broad, heterogeneous thoughts, theories, ideologies and ultimately social movements.