Traumatic Effects of War on Women in Masoud Behnoud’s The Knot in The Rug and William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice

Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Social Sciences

Year: 2022

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Traumatic Effects of War on Women in Masoud Behnoud’s The Knot in The Rug and William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice

Zahra Haghshenas, Alireza Anushiravani

 

ABSTRACT: 

This essay discusses Masoud Behnoud’s The Knot in The Rug and William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice, two novels with traumatized women as the main characters. Both of these Female protagonists have the same destiny.  There are similarities and differences between theNovels, but in both, female characters experience war and trauma. We analyze the women’s Mental disorders and characters from the perspective of Cathy Caruth’s trauma theory. These Women both experience war and both suffer from its effects, but war is not the only elementThat causes psychological problems for the women. By applying trauma theory to the femaleCharacters, we see that they are victims more of patriarchal society than of war.  TheirPatriarchal societies prevent them from coping with war and its effects.

keywords: War, Trauma Theory, Women, Patriarchal Society.