This is a compressed and precise writing assignment to gauge your ability to transpose theory into cultural analysis. The goal is a one-page single-spaced essay to begin with a thesis and end with a conclusion.
Define Freud’s notion of the double and describe how it relates to the concept of the double outlined in Jen Boyle’s essay: Chapter 1, Freud’s Uncanny Double: A Theoretical Study of the Portrayal of Doubles. Film is a double of the real world and reflects reality but as a simulation.
Use my essay to explore how Freud’s concept of the Uncanny has been used to create Science Fiction characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and/or Doctor Bruce Banner and the Hulk.
Describe how the film uses Fembots in the film Ex Machina also conform to Uncanny images of human beings like Ava that are able to seduce Caleb and lure him to his destruction.
Bonus Challenge: all the Fembots in the film are played by actresses, does that mean the film is cheating in terms of the Turing Test? If it’s not about the Turing Test, what is the real subject of the film?