Fathoming Childhood Trauma and Social Abuse in Quinn's The Night Child: A Psychoanalytic Study


Muhammad Nasir,Muhammad Ishaq,Anisa Fatima,Dr, Munawar Amin


The current research study points to the representation of childhood trauma and social abuse in Quinn’s The Night Child', employing qualitative analysis techniques guided by Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory. The study adopted a purposive technique to investigate the psychological depths of the novel's protagonist and has revealed underlying emotional trauma and child abuse. Freudian psychoanalysis has provided a comprehensive framework for exploring the subconscious mind, offering insights into repressed memories, desires, and unresolved conflicts. Through a meticulous examination and character interactions, this research has unveiled the hidden layers of the protagonist's psyche. The results of the analysis have indicated a profound presence of emotional trauma and child abuse within the narrative. The protagonist’s experiences, as depicted in the novel, align with Freud's theories of the unconscious mind, defense mechanisms, and the impact of early childhood experiences on adult personality. The study has not only shed light on the complexities of the protagonist's inner world but has also underscored the novel's powerful portrayal of the long-lasting effects of trauma and abuse on individuals. This research contributes to the understanding of the psychological dimensions of literature and emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing emotional trauma and child abuse in both literature and real-life contexts.