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When exploring the nature of the psyche and its relationship to our physical and mental behavior, we must remind ourselves that psychosis describes a splintered dialogue between the conscious and subconscious mind, a condition by which the psyche faces great difficulty in translating and applying knowledge to sensible decision making (the ego and superego). If we understand the subconscious to be the liaison between our unconscious (id) and conscious mind, translating emotional impulses to meaningful action, then it becomes clear that psychoanalysis is the detailed observation and study of the subconscious, a realm that serves as the confluence between the ideal and the real: who we are and who we desire to be.
In literature, we can conceptualize these two spheres as separate but related motifs, thematic patterns that can help describe the meaning and style of any set of literary works. If any pairing of literary works with distinct motifs are read in conjunction with the other, they are lyrically described as delivering a contrapuntal dialogue. If we observe psychoanalysis as the scientific and emotional interrogation of how the real interacts with the ideal, as it pertains to the subconscious psyche, we can consider this branch of study as facilitating harmony between contrapuntal motifs, indicating that a contrapuntal pairing of literary works can express a framework through which psychoanalysis may be performed.
As it relates to the prose poetry pieces of Mêi Lián and Xiàoyû (located here), the concubines manifest a pairing of contrapuntal literary narratives that empower the reader to view their shared lover, Minzhé, through a lens of exotic fantasy and titillating realism, expressing the entangled and multilayered psychosis each character is suffering.