death instinct

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Synonyms for death instinct

(psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die

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The text plays with the tension between the pleasure principle and the death instinct, showing that Pym's motions are governed by the compulsion to repeat; however, if the Freudian notion of repetition--as a source of terror--is linked to the uncanny and Gothic sublimity, Pym's lack of closure points--rather than to Eros or Thanatos--to the postmodern trapping of the subject in an incessant pattern of repetitions and duplications, in which the ultimate denouement is forever deferred and postponed.