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Literature Film Quarterly (1991) - Sometimes a Cigar Is not just a Cigar: A Freudian Analysis of Uncle Charles in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt




In his essay "A Special Type of Object Choice Made by Men" ("Über einen besonderen Typus der Objektwahl beim Manne," 1910), Freud talks about men who prefer a particular kind of woman, specifically those whose loose morality results in flirtatious behavior or even prostitution .Also characteristic of this group of neurotic and "ordinary healthy" men is an elevation of the same degraded love object into someone with redeeming virtues, as well as a preference for the added involvement of a "wounded third party," such as a husband or rejected lover.