March 22, 2007

The Uncanny and Eyes

Freud, ''The Uncanny'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

“A study of dreams, phantasies, and myths has taught us that a morbid anxiety connected with the eyes and with going blind is often enough a substitute for the dread of castration” (Freud 383).

At first one could think that, like some of the other comments made by Freud, this concept of eyes being exactly the same as a castration is absolutely ridiculous. But after looking closer, I actually find a lot of relevance off of this statement, mainly because of the importance of the function the human eye has, just like the importance of the phallus is to the male gender. Blade Runner helped me find more relations between the male phallus and eyes (along with many many more features as well). Sigmund Freud is a genius when it comes to understanding subconscious and unconscious thoughts, and the relationship between the eyes and the phallus is just one of so many relationships he has magnified through his psychological and psychoanalytical studies on the human mind.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at March 22, 2007 9:23 AM
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