- The Mirror Stage (1949) and The Formation
of the Unconscious (1957) by Jacques Lacanare important
concepts in the field of Psychoanalysis. This paper
understands the arguments put forth in the concepts and
concludes their importance in literary criticism. They also
help determinethe factors that influence Lacan’stheories.
Through this paper, we understand the argument of The
Mirror Stage, its role in literary criticism and analyze The
Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) in contextto The Mirror
Stage. Later we look at the Formation of the Unconscious,
its structure similar to that of the language, and the role
of signifiers in the human psyche.
Keywords : Mirror Stage, Unconscious, Signifiers, Psychoanalysis, Structural Linguists.