Deeper into the Wilderness of Feminine Psyche in the Scarlet Letter and Raja Gidh: A Comparative Analysis of Ghazalian Aql and Freudian Ego

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The present study is aimed at exploring psychological conflicts in thefemale protagonists of Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter and Qudsias Raja Gidh. This study, in the parameters of psychoanalytical interpretation, explicitly describes the profound influence of aql and ego on Hester and Seemi, as they cross the ethical restrictions of morality, become tortured by remorse, and finally try to compensate for it. Hester attempts to recompense her sins through charitable services due to her strong belief in redemption through good works; whereas, Seemi undergoes a strange psychic experience and suffers from failures, leading to her death. This study focusing on the application of Ghazalian aql and Freudian ego provides an exhilarating opportunity to advance our knowledge of literary analysis and contributes to this growing area of research by probing into the depth of the human mind.


1-Samina Amin Qadir
Vice Chancelor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Shumaila Mazhar
Associate Professor,, Department of English, SBK Womens University, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

3-Fouzia Rahman Khan
Associate Professor, Department of English, SBK Womens University, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan


Psyche, conscious, aq’l, ego

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Published: Dec 2019

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