Fear Oneself : Freud 's View On Psychoanalysis Essay

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Fear Oneself: Freud’s View on Psychoanalysis
“There is no question therefore, of any intellectual uncertainty here: we know now that we are not supposed to be looking on at the products of a madman’s imagination, behind which we, with superiority of rational minds, are able to detect the sober truth; and yet this knowledge does not lessen the impression of uncanniness in the least degree” (Freud 424). Freud’s concept of psychoanalysis revolves around and into the minds of characters in every literary work, trying to understand how they function with their lives. Freud described his process through his essay The Uncanny by explaining how something that is uncanny is considered terrifying “because it is not known and familiar” (418). He also mentions the works of other authors and how they resemble to uncanniness. Freud’s theory does have its advantages on different characters in different stories when readers can examine and understand how they live out their lives and find ways of relieving them of their personal problems however; it doesn’t necessarily help them deal with their issues and thereby limiting its theoretical use.
Freud’s essay The Uncanny expresses his concept where somethings that is considered familiar to us or other people can become foreign and terrifying. For example, Freud gets the idea of uncanny by discussing the German word “Unhemlich.” In the first half of his essay, Freud mentions how he would have similar aspects regarding Schelling’s definition of
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