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Filho, A.C. (2004). On: Verdi's Rigoletto: The dialectic interplay of the psychic positions in seemingly ‘mindless’ violence. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 85(1):199-200.

(2004). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 85(1):199-200

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Antonio Carlos Pacheco E Silva Filho

Dears Sirs,

I would like to congratulate Dr Bergstein (2003) for his psychoanalytical insights into the protagonists. I think it is always possible in analyzing a plot to add other considerations that would complement those already made—in this case those of Bergstein about the opera.

As Bergstein puts it, the jester probably had a poor mother figure that could not tolerate the physical defect in her baby, giving rise to negative feelings about the infant, which caused him to repudiate himself. As a child and adult without a good internal object he essentially stayed (or regressed) to a schizo-paranoid position with a strong dependence on an external object to take care of him. Gilda, because her mother died, supplied this maternal dependence in his regressed emotions and feelings.

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