AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number 2. May   2021                        Pp. 91-103
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no2.7

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Love in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations: A Psychoanalytic Approach

Bechir Saoudi
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin
AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia English Department, ISEAH, Kef,
Jendouba University, Tunisia
Correspondent Author: ctat.ctat@yahoo.com

Ameerah Ali Al-Bedewy
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin
AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fatima Ali Al-Anzan
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin
AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Lulwah Mohammad Al-Sebr
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin
AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nouf Mohammad Al-Smari
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam
Bin AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nora Ali Al-Tamimi
English Department, College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin
AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

               Received:  4/10/2021                        Accepted:   5/9/2021                        Published: 5/24/2021

Abstract:
This research project studies love in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations through Pip’s ego fluctuations. Freud’s division of the human psyche into the three components of id, ego and superego is applicable to the analysis of the rise and fall of the hero in his quest for Estella’s love. Four main questions have been dealt with: First, what makes up Pip’s id when it comes to love? Second, what are the main components of his superego that stand in the way of his love? Third, does Pip’s ego succeed in striking a balance between his id and superego? In what ways does it fail? And fourth, how does it eventually succeed if ever? The study has managed to answer its key research questions: First, Pip’s id is illustrated in the feelings and actions exerts in order to win Estella’s love.  Second, Pip’s superego is mainly made up of the attitudes of characters that stand in his way. Third, Pip’s distress at the attitudes of Estella, Miss Havisham, Biddy and his friends, bring Pip’s ego to its worst situation. Fourth, the quest of Pip’s ego for winning Estella’s heart finally becomes possible mainly thanks to Miss Havisham’s repentance and Estella’s transformation.
Keywords: Charles Dickens, ego, Freud, Great Expectations, id, love, superego

Cite as:  Saoudi, B., Al-Bedewy, A.A., Al-Anzan, F. A., Al-Sebr, L. M., Al-Smari, N.M. & Al-Tamimi, N.A. (2021). Love in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations: A Psychoanalytic Approach. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (2) 91-103.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no2.7

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Accepted: 5/9/2021  
Published: 5/24/2021 
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Bechir Saoudi got his Ph.D. in English Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Manouba, Tunisia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English literature at the English Department of the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in the literary and cultural studies domain. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5593-6891

Ameerah Ali Al-Bedewy: English Language and Literature at the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6334-1361

Fatima Ali Al-Anzan: English Language and Literature at the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7297-6895

Lulwah Mohammad Al-Sebr: English Language and Literature at the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia  ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9175-9113

Nouf Mohammad Al-Smari: English Language and Literature at the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5321-6660

Nora Ali Al-Tamimi: English Language and Literature at the College of Science and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5836-8559