independence and freedom from dependence

SuprunP

Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
So he has to tear himself loose — in our society at any rate — from his love for his mother. It is a force pulling him backward, and he fights it and her. He tries to achieve both independence and freedom from dependence on woman. He wants to join the company of men, to be the autonomous companion of his father rather than his dutiful, subordinated son.
(The Psychology of Science; Abraham H. Maslow)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it is possible to read it in either of the two following ways:

1) He tries to achieve both [freedom from dependence on woman] and [independence].
2) He tries to achieve both [independence from dependence on woman] and [freedom from dependence on woman].

Thanks.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    I understand the intended meaning to be as in your first option - independence, and freedom from dependence on women.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    He tries to achieve both {independence [from his mother]} and {freedom from dependence on woman}(I think he probably means "womankind" or "women.")
     
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