Alhusser's Theory Of Ideology

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According to Althusser, ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence. This does not imply that ideology is a false idea of reality but rather a false idea of what our imagination creates. Due to our false conceptions, our illusions produce allusions to reality and “they need to be interpreted to discover the reality of the world behind their imaginary representation of that world.” Althusser claims that ideology is not the way individuals use their imaginations to recognize the world, but rather it is the representation of the way people use their imaginations. Ideology=illusion/allusion, like dreams are instinctive fantasies that are true without being real.
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When he discovered Dexter at the scene of his biological mother’s murder, he chose to raise him as his own. As Dexter gets older, Harry realizes that Dexter has an instinctive fantasy to kill; he accepts that there is no fighting Dexter’s biological urge. Instead of forcing rules of the law upon him, he teaches him how to conceal his homicides, which becomes a moral code that Dexter is taught to live by. Due to his career within the police station, his father’s parental viewpoints, as well as his biological influences, Dexter’s ideological beliefs are ultimately determined for him. These ideological structures intervene with Dexter’s individuality leading him to have a false interpretation of what he believes to be …show more content…
Dexter exemplifies Althusser’s theory within season two when he explains that he is not entirely sure of who he is. “I'm Dexter. I'm not sure what I am. I just know there's something dark in me. I hide it. Certainly don't talk about it, but it’s there. Always” (Season Two, Episode 3). Dexter is not sure of his reality, yet he accepts it. In Dexter’s defense, he lives by two imaginary identities because his father chose his identity for him. He understands his identifiable sense of “normality” which was taught to him by his father, while also trying to embrace society’s ideological

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