Rom J Psychoanal 2020, 13(1):179-194
DOI: 10.2478/rjp-2020-0012

Abstract: The present work compares two literary figures, imagining the internal conflict of each, in connection to a secret. In Hamlet’s case (Hamlet by W. Shakespeare), it is a traumatic impossibility to reveal a secret that leads to his death, while for Gregers (H. Ibsen’s The Wild Duck), the opposite occurs, his inability to keep a secret leads directly to the death of another character. In this work the secret is viewed as the conscious concealment of content, while the motives for keeping or disclosing it at any cost are unconscious.

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