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TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY

Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur.

Abstract
Issac Basevis Singer is rooted in Yiddish culture as he took the noble responsibility to recreate
the vanished world of the shtetls and the ghettoes of people of Poland. In all his novels the Jews of Poland do
the normal routine things as if nothing had happened to them in the past. They are presented as ghosts that
walks, talk and even marry, unaware that they are dead. Singer lived in America for more than half of his life
and led a cozy and comfortable life but he was never happy as the traumatic memories of the death and
destruction of the Polish Jews haunted him day and night. He couldn‚Äüt forget the Polish misery, poverty and
persecution. The Jewish consciousness is a part of all his characters; and the Jewish God is always laughing as
He watches their futile struggles of life. In the novels of Singer God is invoked, shouted at and wrestled with on
every page of Singer. Singer depicts the traumatic experiences of the Jews who are homeless; subjected to death
and live in void. Bashevis Singer‚Äüs novel Enemies: A Love Story is about the Jews of Eastern Europe who were
bound together by a strong religious commitment. The communities of Poland were entrenched in their religious
laws but these firm ties were disrupted after World War1. The setting of the novel is in America and the novel is
a story of remembrance and trauma of the characters. They are haunted by the sweet memories of family and
friends and life they led in Poland bringing in their mind the ambiguous feelings of joy, happiness and loss. The
main focus of Bashevis Singer is the tragic tale of Herman Broder; his doubts about the existence of God and
his relationships with his three wives and his problems to assimilate in the new American culture. Herman,
Yadwiga, Masha and Tamara are the main characters of the novel who experience the terrorism of the Nazi
occupation of Poland. Yadwiga is a gentile Polish servant who worked for the family of Herman. Masha and
Tamara are survivors of Auschwitz and Buna; the famous concentration camps of the Germans. They
experience frustration and depression and behave like neurotics. Herman hid in the hayloft during the war on the
farm of Yadwiga to save himself and Yadwiga risked her life and the lives of her family hiding and protecting
Herman. In fact all the characters of the novel are traumatized by the occupation of their homeland.

Key words: Traumatic; Haunted; Memories; Vanished; Holocaust; Terrorosm; Frustration; Depression; Neurotics; Disrupted


 
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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur. TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY. JCR. 2020; 7(16): 3162-3168. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406


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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur (2020) TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY. JCR, 7 (16), 3162-3168. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406



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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur. 2020. TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (16), 3162-3168. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406



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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur. "TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 3162-3168. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406



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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur. "TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.16 (2020), 3162-3168. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406



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Hina Wali Ph. D Researcher,Dr. Balkar Singh Thakur (2020) TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES OF CHARACTERS IN BASHEVIS SINGERíS ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (16), 3162-3168. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.406