Narrative Ideologies Of Ixiety In Emma Donologue's Room

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In ‘Ma’s anxiety in Emma Donologue’s Room’, Himmah Sofiana Mursyidah talks about the psychological make-up of Jack’s mother. She draws unbreakable ties between Sigmund Freud’s concepts of Id, Ego and Superego and anxiety. She believes that Ma’s anxiety is the direct result of the traumatic, past experiences. She further illustrates how being imprisoned in the room affect the mental state of Ma, making her believe in impossibility of escaping from Old Nick. By keeping her son in the dark about his birth and their imprisonment, Ma exacerbated her trauma and fears. Sharing the hurt and pain perform the function of counselling. We do this daily on an unconscious level. However, Ma was denied this basic human need as a result she developed anxiety disorder. In her essay she also draws a complete circle of pain, hurt, trauma, recovery and liberation when she discusses the importance of both Ma and Jack revisiting the Room in the end. …show more content…
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