The portrayal of mental illness in literature: Investigating how mental health issues are represented and explored in works of fiction, considering Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and J D Salinger
Author(s):
Ravi Prabhat
Keywords:
Autobiographical elements, Literature, Mental illness, Mental health issues, Fiction, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, J.D. Salinger, Depiction, Novels, Psychological realism
Abstract
This research explores the portrayal of mental illness in literature, specifically focusing on how mental health issues are represented and explored within works of fiction. The study centres on three influential authors, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and J.D. Salinger, who have made significant contributions to the depiction of mental illness in their respective works. By analysing the writings of these authors, including Plath's "The Bell Jar," Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" and Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," the research investigates the multifaceted dimensions of mental health representation in literature. The examination encompasses various aspects, including the authors' approaches to characterization, narrative techniques employed to delve into the characters' mental and emotional states, and the thematic exploration of issues such as identity, societal pressures, isolation, and the struggle for selfhood. The study aims to provide insights into the emotional landscapes, psychological challenges, and societal implications surrounding mental illness as depicted in fiction. By delving into the works of Plath, Woolf, and Salinger, this research contributes to a broader understanding of the portrayal of mental illness in literature and its significance in portraying the complexities of the human experience.
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Unique Paper ID: 160759

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 1

Page(s): 1125 - 1130
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