AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number 2. May 2021 Pp. 104 -114
Embodied Oppression and Psychological Trauma: The Subjugation of O-lan’s in Pearl Buck’s
Novel the Good Earth
Hanan Abbas Hussein
Department of English, College of Education for Women
University of Baghdad
Received: Accepted: 4/21/2021 Published: 5/24/2021
The present paper is qualitative; it illustrates the sense of oppression, negligence, and marginalization; Chinese women suffer from in their society. There, women are bound to doing housework and rearing children; they are a mere tool to meet their husbands’ pleasures and find concubines when needed. Accordingly, the study examines the sources , and types of psychological trauma experienced by the character O-lan, and later by the oppressors, her husband and his new wife, Wang Lung , in Buck’s novel The Good Earth. To meet the objective of the study, Robinson, Smith, & Segal’s (2020) types of trauma will be adopted in the analysis. Such a study help know more about the traditions and values of Chinese society, the role of women there. It further reflects the negative societal consequence s of abusing and humiliating women, and the curse men will gain due to their unjust treatment of their wives. The psychological trauma of O-lan is highly indicated by her husband’s speech and behavior. He constantly belittles her role a wife, neglecting her emotions. She keeps her agony and depression till she collapsed.
Keywords: Chinese society, embodied oppression, psychological Trauma, Buck’s novel the Good Earth
Cite as: Hussein, A. H.(2021). Embodied Oppression and Psychological Trauma: The Subjugation of O-lan’s in Pearl Buck’s Novel the Good Earth. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (2) 104 -114.
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