Defense mechanisms developed by Frank McCourt in order to survive the ordeal of his childhood as seen in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes

Author : SASI, AYUDYA;

This thesis is the study of the kinds of defense mechanism developed by Frank McCourt in order to survive the ordeal of his childhood. The background of Frank McCourt?s childhood is Irish society especially Catholic Irish society which influences much to the main character, Frank McCourt himself. In this thesis, I want to reveal, through the analysis, how the main character reacted to his poor condition by developing a defense mechanism. Considering those facts, I want to know what kinds of defense mechanism developed by the main character in order to survive the ordeal of his childhood. In doing the analysis with regard to the aim of the study, I will apply psychological approach namely defense mechanism of the ego from Sigmund Freud. By employing this theory, I come to my findings that McCourt finally able to survive the ordeal of his childhood by employing three kinds of defense mechanisms. Also, besides being able to survive himself from the ordeal of his childhood, McCourt is also able to draw the lesson from the ordeal of his childhood and live to share his story with others.

Keyword : defense mechanism, repression, displacement, intellectualization

Sumber : http://repository.petra.ac.id/800/

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