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Psychoanalysis and Relational Conflicts in Ian McEwans on Chesil Beach

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of English, Faculty of Modren Languages and communication, University Putra Malaysia, MALAYSIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (10), Pages 119-121, October,2 (2014)


Relational conflicts as a universal problem have always been a place of debate. McEwan as a contemporary author marked this through his fiction. McEwan’s characters, in general, has problems in their relationships that come to the surface now and then and affect their connections with family members and others outside the family circle. This study is an attempt to analyze Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach from the view point of psychoanalysis, particularly, Kleinian Object Relation Theory. Preventing them from achieving maturity and having satisfactory relationship with others, these problems push the characters disastrous ends. As a branch of psychoanalysis, object relation theory emphasizes the family relationships, particularly, those between the mother and the child. Based on this theory the failure or success of the child in later life depends on the early relationships and their influences on the person throughout life. Relying on this theory, this research attempts to explore the causes of the main characters’ failure in their relationships with others. To achieve this aim, the character’s early life and their relationships with their mother are examined. Findings bring to the light that, main characters suffer from the lack of satisfying early relation with their caregivers.


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