Aspects of alienation in "The price of living(1983)" "Water Under the Bridge(1991)" and "Eve of the Storm(2010)" by Yusuf K. Dawood
Mwichuli, Maurice Simbili
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This study focuses on three of the novels by Yusuf Kudwavala Dawood: The Price of Living (1983), Water under the Bridge (1991) and Eye of the Storm (2010). The texts address issues in different historical, social and cultural contexts. This difference in settings provides a good backdrop in interrogating the different manifestations and the writer's commitment and vision in dealing with the mental and psychological aspects of alienation as pervades the society in transition. This is what we seek to address. This study is guided by the tenets of Freudian Psychoanalysis as proposed by Sigmund Freud (1856- 1939). It is a branch of psychoanalysis that seeks to explain behaviour basing on sexuality, early childhood experiences and unconscious motivations. We seek to understand the role of the unconscious and human relationships in the manifested behaviour of the characters in the selected texts in the light of alienation. This study was conducted through library study and textual analysis. The primary texts provided the primary material for this study while other texts and commentaries provided the secondary material.