Unveiling Trauma's Echo: Exploring the Impact of Traumatic Events on the Psyche of Sitara Zamani in 'Sparks like Stars'
Keywords:Childhood Trauma, Memories, Psychoanalytic Trauma Theory, South Asian Fiction
The present study aims to focus on the traumatic events that occurred in the life of a young Afghan girl. All of a sudden, her life changes as she undergoes many traumatic events that badly affect her psyche. In this article, the inspection of challenges experienced by Hashimi’s protagonist to come out from her childhood memories and to live a normal life will be conducted. The research begins with an introduction to the novel and the theory; a discussion follows the analysis of the selected text. The insights of this article have been taken from Freud’s psychoanalytical Trauma theory (1990) and some aspects of the Trauma theory, which was put forth by Cathy Caruth in 1995 have also been incorporated. The present research uses a descriptive qualitative method by relying majorly on Hashimi’s novel "Sparks Like Stars" (2021) and other sources that evaluate the same issue as Hashimi did. The research ends with a conclusion that sums up the outcomes which validates the hypothesis. Taking everything into account, the findings might prove that Trauma Theory can be used in analyzing and appreciating many other literary texts dealing with the themes of loss, trauma, and nostalgia.
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