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The Great Masturbator

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The Great Masturbator became an independent character in Dali's paintings and writings. The central image of the profile head is that of Dali; the closed eyes place the figure in the unconscious. The grasshopper is a self-referential representation of a displaced childhood fear of being eaten, a sublimated fear allied to sex.
 
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