Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Dread


Exploring TheJewish Dread And AnxietyIn J A Novel By Howard Jacobson

Smita Devi; Dr.Ajoy Batta; Dr. Manish Gupta

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 7, Pages 6418-6422

Jews are often brutallyvictimised and rejected from the society. This begins from the medieval era and continues till present era. Jews are also alleged for the blood-libel and also considered as the soul responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Jews are being persecuted, tortured, interrogated with prejudice and also murdered. Such situation creates barriers for Jews to assimilate and acculturate with the other people of the society. Even, writers have penned down the history and tragedy of Jews to make society aware of their ongoing conditions as well as to prevent the dreadful antisemiticactions like the Holocaust. As tragedy and repressed memory of Jewish past create a sense of dreadfulness and anxiety in their inner minds. Therefore, they intentionally isolate themselves from the mainstream of the society. Nevertheless, alienation of Jews often brings psychological ailment like neurosis, psychosis, paranoia or other anxiety disorder. So, one needs to understand the tragic conditions of the victims considering the humanitarian ground. The understanding may help in preventing the re-occurrence of tragic past like the Holocaust which is still fuming. It haunts them and terrifies them with the futuristic consequences. Therefore, this paper is an attempt to project the fear and anxiety ofKevernand Ailinn in the J a Novel by Jacobson along with the impact of tragic past memories. This paper argues Kevern’s inner dread of reoccurrence of catastrophic event like “What Happened if It Happened”. It also tries to uncover the reason behind Kevern’sgruesome act of self-killing.