Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference Entitled Language, Literary, And Cultural Studies, ICON LATERALS 2022, 05–06 November 2022, Malang, Indonesia

Research Article

Oedipus Complex Reflected through Edmund Pevensie’s Characters in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.5-11-2022.2329457,
        author={Herlina Auriellas Zalsa Bella and Ni Komang Arie Suwastini and I Gusti Agung Sri Rwa Jayantini},
        title={Oedipus Complex Reflected through Edmund Pevensie’s Characters in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference Entitled Language, Literary, And Cultural Studies, ICON LATERALS 2022, 05--06 November 2022, Malang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICON LATERALS},
        year={2023},
        month={6},
        keywords={psychoanalysis; characters; oedipus complex; edmund pevensie},
        doi={10.4108/eai.5-11-2022.2329457}
    }
    
  • Herlina Auriellas Zalsa Bella
    Ni Komang Arie Suwastini
    I Gusti Agung Sri Rwa Jayantini
    Year: 2023
    Oedipus Complex Reflected through Edmund Pevensie’s Characters in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    ICON LATERALS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.5-11-2022.2329457
Herlina Auriellas Zalsa Bella1, Ni Komang Arie Suwastini1,*, I Gusti Agung Sri Rwa Jayantini2
  • 1: Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha
  • 2: Universitas Mahasaraswati Denpasar
*Contact email: arie.suwastini@undiksha.ac.id

Abstract

The present study analyzed C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, focusing on the formation of the Oedipus Complex in Edmund Pevensie’s characters as a reference to understand the motive of his betrayal of his siblings under the influence of the White Witch. Through textual analysis, the study revealed that Edmund’s Oedipus Complex was reflected by his desire and need for a mother’s approval through the presence of the White Witch. Edmund’s fixation on the mother figure instigated his betrayal of his siblings due to his fear of being left by all comforts of the White Witch. His instincts to seek comfort put him as an enemy in the blanket for his siblings and complicated the novel’s plot. As literature reflects and affects life, discussing Edmunds’ psychology and his Oedipus Complex may shed insight into children’s behaviors