The Reality of the Fractured Psyche as Represented in “Grass Is Singing”
Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 6-1, December 2015, Pages: 9-13
Received: Oct. 19, 2015; Accepted: Nov. 5, 2015; Published: Dec. 17, 2015
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Nilanjana Bagchi, Department of Psychology, Bethune College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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In her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in 1950, Doris Lessing, a British writer borrows the title of this novel from T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land where she gradually unravels the apparent dreariness of romantic connotations of the title in reality. The novel, gradually unfolds the disintegration of the coherent “self” of Mary Turner, the protagonist, due to the interplay of several external forces on one hand and Mary’s insecure childhood, low self esteem and marital inadequacy on the other. It actually “traces her decay into death”. Heavily steeped in Freudian psychoanalysis, the psyche of the heroine is unfolded as the narrative proceeds further. The novel depicts the intricacies of human relations, social structures and racial prejudices in Rhodesian society. Not only does it speak against colonialism in Africa and has a feminist perspective but it also recognizes chaos and its consequence upon inner reality.
Keywords
Disintegration of Self, Infantile Ego, Lowered Self Esteem, Oedipal Complex, Repression and Perception of Death
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Nilanjana Bagchi, The Reality of the Fractured Psyche as Represented in “Grass Is Singing”, Social Sciences. Special Issue: Literature & Psychology. Vol. 4, No. 6-1, 2015, pp. 9-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.s.2015040601.13
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