Theory in a Digital Age: A Project of English 483 Students, Coastal Carolina University

Bringing it All Back

In conclusion, the double is a constant element used in film/cinema to break the barrier between self-perception of the double and one’s true identity. It is the idea that film makers use Freud’s idea of the uncanny: heimlich vs unheimlich to bring forward that thrill seen within the film. By presenting the double as a threat/ uncanny appearance the protagonist character is forced to identify with the double, which eventually reveals the double to be a part of the character’s superego. In many ways the use of the double as a major element in film/cinema is a way for the mythologies and 19th century literature to live on in culture today.


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