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Rape Trauma and Identity in Alice Sebold's Lucky
Rape Trauma and Identity in Alice Sebold's Lucky

Author(s): Ayad, A. Abood
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Philology
Published by: Editura Universitară & ADI Publication
Keywords: trauma; identity, rape; recovery; narrative; Lucky;

Summary/Abstract: This article addresses rape trauma and its impact on identity in Alice Sebold's Lucky. Rape is a brutal act against women and a violation of women's rights. Trauma of rape ranges from mild indulgence with alcohol or drug addictions to severe suicide attempts. To prevent or reduce such acts to happen, raped women should know and be instructed that recovery from trauma is always possible. This article argues that narrative is one of the most important elements in the process of healing from rape trauma. Telling the story of rape experience could be a step forward towards developing identity and self- concept about oneself that have been greatly affected by sexual abuse. By returning to trauma, Alice Sebold overcomes her fear of facing painful memories and becomes able to reengage in life that is satisfying and rewarding.

  • Issue Year: 10/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 7-18
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English