Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2019, Page: 64-71
The Generation of Anxiety and the Recovery of Self-awareness-interpreting The Sea, the Sea Based on Rollo’s Existentialist Psychology
Zhou Xia, School of Foreign Language, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China
Li Jing, School of Foreign Language, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China
Received: Oct. 7, 2019;       Accepted: Nov. 1, 2019;       Published: Nov. 8, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20190504.13      View  96      Downloads  30
Rollo’s existentialist psychology not only finds the reason for human anxiety but also comes up with a solution to the anxiety. Based on Rollo’s existentialist psychology, this thesis applies the close reading to interpret Murdoch’s novel The Sea, the Sea, and then analyze the reason why Charles, the protagonist in the novel, returns to the current and real life from the disordered life at the seaside. His boring childhood has led to his desire for material life, his individual competitiveness and the dominant values of being loved, accepted, and approved, which is presented by his later life when he was working in the theater. With the retirement of Charles from the theater, the lonely life at the seaside destroys his values and consequently causes the loss of his sense of himself, which leads to his disordered life. But Charles’s experience of death and the death of other people have brought back his self-awareness. By interpreting this novel, this paper attempts to explain that the psychological reason for Charles’ chaotic life is his anxiety and the reason for anxiety is the destruction of dominant values. And the recovery of self-consciousness is the key to overcoming anxiety, making him break away from the past and return to his current life. By analyzing the psychological course of the protagonist Charles, this paper tries to strengthen readers’ attention to anxiety, and help them understand anxiety, so as to lead readers find ways to overcome anxiety.
Existentialist Psychology, Disordered Life, Anxiety, The Dominant Value, Self-awareness
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Zhou Xia, Li Jing, The Generation of Anxiety and the Recovery of Self-awareness-interpreting The Sea, the Sea Based on Rollo’s Existentialist Psychology, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2019, pp. 64-71. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20190504.13
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