The Monkey By Stephen King And Dracula Essay
First off the uncanny needs to be described. A brief summary of how Sigmund Freud describes the uncanny in his book, “The Uncanny” is:
The German word unheimlich is obviously the opposite of heimlich, heimisch, meaning “familiar,” “native,” “belonging to the home”; and we are tempted to conclude that what is “uncanny” is frightening precisely because it is not known and familiar... (2)
I will say at once that both courses lead to the same result: the “uncanny” is that class of the terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar... (Freud 1)
A summary of what Sigmund Freud had said is that what used to be familiar to us can be defamiliarized and therefore can also become frightening. Uncanny is also something that is kept hidden at first but is later revealed.
In the short story “The Monkey,” Hal’s monkey represents a perfect example of an element of the…