Academic journal article Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies

A Psychoanalytical Interpretation of the Characters in A.C. Jordan's Novel Ingqumbo Yeminyanya/'n Psigoanalitiese Interpretasie Van Die Karakters in A.C. Jordan Se Roman Ingqumbo Yeminyanya (Die Woede Van Die Voorvaders)

Academic journal article Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies

A Psychoanalytical Interpretation of the Characters in A.C. Jordan's Novel Ingqumbo Yeminyanya/'n Psigoanalitiese Interpretasie Van Die Karakters in A.C. Jordan Se Roman Ingqumbo Yeminyanya (Die Woede Van Die Voorvaders)

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Abstract

A psychoanalytical interpretation of the characters in A.C. Jordan's novel Ingqumbo yeminyanya

Psychoanalysis is a way of treating certain nervous disorders of the mind by examining all the ways that sufferers can be helped to remember their past life, dreams, et cetera. This is an effort to find hidden forgotten anxieties of desires influencing one's behaviour without one's knowledge thereof. The aim of this article is to make a detailed interpretation of the characters Zwelinzima and Thembeka/Nobantu in A.C. Jordan's novel "lngqumbo yeminyanya", so as "to uncover the hidden causes of the neurosis in order to relieve the character of his or her conflicts, thus dissolving the distressing symptoms" (Grabe, 1986). This article will look at the behaviour of the different characters in Jordan's novel. Psychoanalysis is rooted in the idea that humans have unconscious longings that must be analysed in order to understand behaviour. The accent of the article will fall on how psychoanalysis can help the reader, critic or analyst to penetrate the inner workings of the minds of the characters.

Key concepts:

anxiety

neurosis

Oedipuscomplex

penis envy

Opsomming

'n Psigoanalitiese Interpretasie van die karakters in A.C. Jordan se roman Ingqumbo yeminyanya (Die woede van die voorvaders)

Psigoanalise is 'n manier om sekere senu-afwykingstoestande te behandel deur alles te ondersoek waarmee die lyer gehelp kan word om sy/haar vorige lewe, drome, ensovoorts te onthou. Dit is 'n poging om verskuilde, vergete angste of begeertes wat 'n mens se gedrag onwetend beinvloed, te vind. Die doel van hierdie artikel is om 'n gedetailleerde interpretasie te maak van die karakters Zwelinzima en Thembeka/Nobantu in A.C. Jordan se roman "lngqumbo yeminyanya". Die doel is om die verskuilde oorsake van die neurose bloot te le, om die karakter van sy/ haar konflikte te verlig en daardeur die onaangename simptome te verwyder. Hierdie artikel ontleed die gedrag van verskeie karakters in die boek. Die fondament van psigoanalise Ie in die idee dat mense onbewuste verlangens het wat ontleed moet word om gedragspatrone te verstaan. Die artikel fokus op die wyse waarop psigoanalise die leser, kritikus of ontleder kan help om tot die gedagtes van die karakters deur te dring.

Kernbegrippe:

angs

neurose

Oedipuskompleks

penisnyd

1. Introduction

Psychoanalysis was born in Vienna at the end of the 19th century and spread with the contribution of Freudian disciples and dissidents such as Carl Jung Sigmund Freud was the first psychoanalyst and a true pioneer in the recognition of the importance of unconscious mental activity. In 1896, Freud coined the term psychoanalysis. He believed that psychoanalysis was the most effective method of obtaining knowledge of the mind. Psychoanalytic treatment seeks to show how unconscious factors affect behaviour patterns, relationships, and overall mental health. Treatment traces the unconscious factors to their origins. Psychoanalysis originates from the idea that humans have unconscious longings that must be analysed in order to understand behaviour.

2. Relationship between psychoanalysis and literature

Jefferson and Robey (1991) contend that the reason why it is appropriate for the psychoanalyst to speak about literature is that he has something to say about language. It is first and foremost a talking cure, for it is out of the dialogue between patient and analyst that therapy precedes, the diagnostic material being largely linguistic. Bal (1984:286) regards a specification model as very important, because it allows for the use of psychoanalytic concepts to enhance literary theory through hermeneutic specification. The purpose is to gain access to such literary characteristics as metaphor and character, hence to inform the concepts of literature without losing the literary object itself. …

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