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March 17, 2007

Is It Too Uncanny For You?

The Uncanny, Freud

Literary Critcism--EL312

May I be frank in this blog?

I think that Freud became good at his job for a reason. Maybe he is the uncanny one. To connected certain acts to sick thoughts had to be performed by someone insane.

Freud said that the uncanny things is actually a meaning of something else that is a lot sronger. He mentioned how Oedipus gouged out his eye for killing his father and marrying his mother. Freud had compared the eye gouging to castration, which I think is a little extreme. However, it show the motives behind the act...an uncanny, unfamiliar act. Just look at a story that we have been studying, The Tempest, filled with magic, spirits, and creatures. There is a quote I cannot forget:

...we must bow to his decision and treat his setting as though it were real for as long as we put ourselves into his [Shakespeare] hands.

As long as we are reading the text, we are under the control of the author and the story. Of course, when the reading stop the griphold of the author stops.

Naturally not everything that is new and unfamiliar is frightening, however; the relation is not capable of inversion

This quote also got to me. Most horror has severe intertexuality and this is the reason. The fear of death and monsters will always be with the human nature. The long lasting fear of the Evil Eye still haunts people. ( Here's a clip from Scrubs mocking it.)

One more quote:

We also call a living person uncanny, usually when we ascribe evil motives to him.

Real people can be uncanny, so if that is the case than characters in a book can be as well. And maybe when we see eye gouging and compare it to a deeper meaning of castration, maybe there is a deeper meaning of the reader. A Freudian Slip.

Posted by KevinHinton at March 17, 2007 4:20 PM

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