The Psychology Of Trauma In Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte

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Dhruvee Sinha & Zeeshan Ali

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The present study analyses trauma and its many facets caused due to exposure to psychologically distressing events in Salman Rushdie’s novel Quichotte. The novel sees the element of memory not only as an allegory but also as a by-product of trauma in character’s lives. It features characters who suffer from memory loss, inaccessible memory due to supernatural reasons with physical disintegration. As the story advances, the solitary and senile protagonist discovers certain memories from the past and utilises them to rebuild or recreate the world around him. The paper examines the way trauma is represented through the amnesiac and non-amnesiac subjects and their respective coping mechanisms. It also looks at some elements of what is retrieved in order to trace back the roots of certain recurrent motifs. The paper reads the trauma of character against Freud’s Trauma Theory.

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