A Critical Analysis Of Freud's The Uncanny

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In The Uncanny, Freud strongly emphasizes the study and beauty of the fearful and the terrifying. He elicits this subject as what is left behind of aesthetics. Aesthetics is the theory of quality of feeling, which essentially includes positive and negative feelings. However, this theory, in its existence, has neglected to include the uncanny, preferring to concentrate on beauty and, generally, on more positive emotions. In Freud’s essay, he glorifies the subject of the uncanny by examining and elaborating on the feelings evoked by anxiety and why they are crucial in the minds of individuals. Freud combines the stance of a literary critic and a psychoanalyst to achieve his goal in describing the intricacies of the uncanny and what it entails, both as a feeling and as a term. He aims to psychoanalytically demonstrate why it is the case that the uncanny exemplifies all that is of frightening things that leads us back to what is known and familiar. Due to individuals’ varying sensitivity, the uncanny is a subjective feeling, one that is not molded in a single shape or form. Freud’s psychoanalytical background branches into the studies of the subconscious, creating a history for each individual’s interpretation of the uncanny. In this essay, Freud elicits the ambiguity that lies within the study of the uncanny and its close acquaintance, the unfamiliar. Ernst Jentsch, the earliest analyst of the uncanny, concluded that the uncanny, or unheimlich, is the fear of the unfamiliar
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