Psychoanalytical Interpretation of William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily: The Exposition of Unconscious Through Necrophilia

International Journal of Academic and Practical Research

ISSN (Print): 2980-4116ISSN (Online): 2980-4124
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Aftab Ur Rahaman Zahin
Department of English, Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka, Bangladesh


This paper brings out the responsible defense mechanisms and psychoanalytical reasons behind one’s necrophilia and shows the impact of capitalist patriarchal oppression on human psychology through studying William Faulkner’s psychoanalytical story, “A Rose for Emily.” Miss Emily, the upper-class unmarried woman, faces different sorts of psychological conflicts because of multiple active defense mechanisms in her psyche, an unresolved Electra complex, and long repression throughout her life, which led her to necrophilia. Her repression’s transference freed her from reaction formation and displacement, but it resulted in her murdering her lover. Her psyche transforms into three types of necrophilia, resulting in two opposing personalities. Psychologically, a person with necrophilia is a victim of low self-esteem, an unresolved Oedipus complex, denial, displacement, repression, and constant reaction formation. It is qualitative research using the closed textual reading method. Different psychoanalytical theories are used as tools to achieve the objectives of the research. This research brings out the specific psychoanalytical reasons behind one’s necrophilia and shows the harsh effect of capitalist patriarchal oppression on human psychology.

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Article History

Received: 09 Oct 2022;
Reviewed: 23 Oct 2022;
Revised: 09 Nov 2022;
Accepted: 17 Nov 2022;
Published: 18 Nov 2022


Oedipus complex, defense mechanism, necrophilia, psychology, patriarchy

Corresponding Author

Aftab Ur Rahaman Zahin 


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  • Primary Language: English
  • Subject: Academic Research
  • Journal Section: Research Article
  • Published in Issue: Year 2022, Volume 1, Issue 2

Cite (APA)

Zahin, A. U. R. (2022). Psychoanalytical interpretation of William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily: The exposition of unconscious through necrophilia. International Journal of Academic and Practical Research, 1(2), 53 – 61.

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