A Psychoanalytic-Feminist Reading of Martha’s “Battle” with Mrs. Quest in Doris Lessing’s Martha Quest
Keywords:individuation, Oedipus complex, motherhood, daughterhood, psychoanalysis
AbstractSense of consternation and dismay always dominate the mother-daughter relationship in Doris Lessing’s novels. Over protective tendency and sense of self-righteousness of the mother act as a stumbling block in achieving daughter’s physical, psychological and sexual flourishment. The same we see in the case of Lessing’s adolescent heroine, Martha Quest in the first volume of The Children of Violence Series. Analyzing from the psychoanalytic point of view, this article sheds light on the entanglement in Martha’s familial relationship, specially with her mother. It also probes deep into the psyche of Martha and her mother as well as delineates how Martha’s individuation is hold back by her possessive mother throughout her journey to maturity.
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