The Lacanian Mirror: Reflections On Oldboy

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At the same time, however, the wholeness of the image is compared to the fragmented condition of the child’s body and is, thus, met with envy and a desire to dominate the threatening and sinister double. This early stage of development “situates the agency of the ego, before its social determination, in a fictional direction, which will always remain irreducible for the individual alone” (34)...
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As Lacan elaborates, “this moment in which the mirror-stage comes to an end inaugurates, by the identification with the imago of the counterpart and the drama of primordial jealousy… the dialectic that will henceforth link the I to socially elaborated situations” (37). This entry into the Symbolic Order together with the restoration of language to the child brings the mirror stage to an entirely different level...
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