Trauma and Fluid Identity in Paul Auster’s Man in the Dark
C. Jothi

C. Jothi, Department of English, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education College, Krishnankoil (Tamil Nadu),  India.
Manuscript received on 05 January 2020 | Revised Manuscript received on 27 January 2020 | Manuscript Published on 04 February 2020 | PP: 3-5 | Volume-8 Issue-4S4 December 2019 | Retrieval Number: D10021284S419/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.D1002.1284S419
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Abstract: Literature has influenced the lives of human beings. In the human mind, there is a space for memories, introspection, foreshadow, flashback and awful remembrances that are coloured by pain, wound, and trauma. Psychological trauma is a sort of harm to the mind that happens because of a seriously upsetting occasion. It is much the same as other psychosomatic ideas in medicinal history, for example, stun and stress. It has been exposed to an assortment of translations crosswise over orders since it rose in the nineteenth century as a thought to catch mental encounters and conditions in current society and societies. Psychological traumatic experiences often involve physical trauma that threatens the survival of human beings and the sense of security. Sigmund Freud is an eminent figure in the literary studies of trauma. The connecting of injury hypothesis and artistic content reveals insight into contemporary fiction as well as focuses on the inborn associations between injury hypothesis and the abstract which have been disregarded. Paul Auster, an American writer, blends absurdism, existentialism and crime fiction, and the search for identity and personal meaning. He creates his own postmodern form in his writings. His, Man in the Dark, is a staggering novel about the numerous substances we possess as wars fire surrounding us. By investigating ‘Man in the Dark’ through Lacanian thought of a divided subjectivity, the injury for Brill is no nostalgic return of the past. It is depicted as the inconceivable experience with the missed reality which is brought about via ‘machine’ or reiteration. The paper analyses the function of the traumatized protagonist and discusses the influence of place in the reformulation of the self.
Keywords: Fragmented Subjectivity, Introspection, Memories, Psychology, Trauma.
Scope of the Article: Fluid Mechanics