Strangling the Journey of the Soul: The Anima in Tunku Halim’s “Strangling the Soul”
- Country : Malaysia
- Subject : Languages & Communication
In Jungian psychology, the soul refers to the anima or animus. Often, individuals are not able to address this unconscious element properly, resulting in the failure of individuation—the process whereby the state of psychological maturation is achieved through the integration of the conscious and the unconscious mind. The dynamics of these mental components can be traced in the short story “Strangling the Soul” by a Malaysian author, Tunku Halim. The story narrates the experience of a couple dealing with repressed soul image, leading to the murder of the wife. This study investigates the protagonist’s anima which affected his soul journey towards individuation. In order to achieve this, the protagonist is analyzed through Jungian archetypal concepts like the anima and shadow. The analysis reveals that the characters struggled with addressing his soul complexes which leads to failure of individuation.