PSYCHOANALYTIC ANALYSIS OF MISERLINESS IN 'THE WOMAN FROM SARAJEVO' BY IVO ANDRIC
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The theme of miserliness and a miser illustrated by the novel 'The Woman from Sarajevo' by Ivo Andric constitutes the subject of an analysis in this article. According to the author, Raika Radakovic, the main character of the world depicted in the analysed work, is a hoarder marked by the stiffness of psychophysical reactions, emotional poverty, pathological need to accumulate wealth, and aspiration to dominate over others. Basing on the conclusions of traditional psychoanalysis and the American School of Culturalism, the author examines traumatic conditions which, in his opinion, led to the formation of an individual having inclinations towards stinginess. He ascribes his heroine's defeat of life and complete isolation to traumatic events in her adolescence, namely to her idealised father's bankruptcy and premature death. According to the author, Raika Radakovic's personality of the hoarder results especially from total and uncritical identification with the greatest authority of her childhood and adolescence. The author's analysis focuses mainly on the social relationships of an adult female miser. The most important issues mentioned by the author are the heroine's stigmatisation and her elimination from the community and also her life strategy subordinated to stinginess and based on aggression and the need for domination. Moreover, Ivo Andric pays attention to the lonely death of Raika Radakovic. He perceives the miser's death in complete isolation as the natural consequence of selling herself to the golden god.
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