An Analysis of Freud's 'Uncanny'

4369 Words Jan 30th, 2018 17 Pages
The idea of repression and dark secrets was one of the most prominent ones. Linked with these ideas were various elements like coincidences, supernatural powers and spooky settings that set the stage for a mysterious tale. Many authors have made use of these elements of literature to make the readers stay on the edge of their seat. Two books that will be discussed in detail are The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Signalman by Charles Dickens.
Uncanny is a concept and theory which covers all that is not right. (Freud 219) The entire subject revolved around things that promote uncertainty and are linked to dull and creepy notions. A prominent use of tactic in gothic literature, uncanny also means a reference to the places that are spine chilling. Examples could be dungeons, castles, or graveness. There is no set meaning of the word uncanny yet it is always linked to something that gives rise to fear. (Freud, 219) The world 'unheimlich' is the antagonist of Heimlich which beings known or native. Surely, if someone doesn't know anything, it wouldn't be that that certain thing is frightening. However, there is a possibility. (Freud, 220) That is so say that if you know a place is safe, you aren't scarred to go there and even live there. On the other hand, if a place is unknown, a person will have his or her doubts. On top of that, that place is something in a corner and…