- The nightmare is the infantile terror of being totally unconnected with the parent, and at the mercy of the external world and one's internal phantasies.
- In Phèdre voice becomes the place where nocturnal phantasies commingling sexuality, death, and violence are embodied in verbal images.
- Memory of his last days before the war gets slowly mixed with delusions and phantasy.
- The mother's sorrow, I suggest, is partly a denial of her own destructive phantasies towards her child, a repudiation dictated by the superego which, however, does not lead to repression.
- A like evil corrupts the intentions of protest against the war where the protester is aroused by phantasies of acts he has never committed or seen.