Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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Exploring the Disposition of Juana’s animus in The Pearl of John Steinbeck
R. Anto Sindhuja
Abstract
The representation of human psychology has never failed to get the attention of critics when they find interesting fictional characters trying to reflect reality. John Steinbeck, an American author, portrays life-like characters in his realistic novels.One of his literary works, The Pearl is a striking novel published in 1947. The story concerns with a tragedy of a pearl diver named Kino and his wife, Juana. The story is spun around the themes of greed, poverty, power politics, exploitation, and so on. Juana, the female protagonist of the novel The Pearl, carries paradoxical traits in her, unlike the other women of her community. Her difference is observed and amplified in the story and that demands to be understood using Carl Jung’s archetypal concept of animus. Thus, in order to appreciate her design as in the hands of Steinbeck, this research article aims to render a psychological character study of Juanato understand her better in her cluttered colonial situation.
Keywords
Female character, paradoxicaltrait, psychology, animus.
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