Doris Lessing: Sufi Equilibrium and the Form of the Novel by S. Fahim

By S. Fahim

The aim of this research is to ascertain the reason of Doris Lessing's improvement from Classical Realism to mysticism and types of technology fiction and to think about the unifying motifs that seem all through her novels in her constant look for Sufi Equilibrium. The 4 novels chosen during this learn symbolize major phases in Lessing's paintings. bankruptcy one makes a speciality of The Grass is making a song, which represents the author's early ordinarily lifelike writing, to teach how a long way the preoccupations of Lessing's later novels locate expression during this early paintings. bankruptcy reports The Golden computer, which marks a turning element in formal constitution in Lessing's canon and is chosen as proof of her curiosity in Sufism at that early degree. bankruptcy 3 concentrates at the research of The Memoirs of a Survivor, which has elicited a relatively constrained quantity of feedback yet which proves to be a huge fulfillment while introduced into line with Sufi tools of writing. bankruptcy 4 considers Lessing's technological know-how fiction sequence, 'Canopus in Argos', tracing assets from Oriental literature - a key which unlocks many parts of obscurity.

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The passage describing the 'decayed hole among the mountains', where the grass is singing over 19 20 Doris Lessing and Sufi Equilibrium the tumbled graves and the empty windowless chapel whose doors are swayed by the wind, evokes the empty quality of the Turners' life and forecasts their eventual ruin. ' Thus the two epigraphs at the beginning of the novel reveal the interaction between individual and collective issues. The tragedy in The Grass is Singing is propelled by the interaction between these two distinct but inseparable currents.

That interaction is the cornerstone to understanding the tragedy developed in The Grass is Singing. The action of the novel develops through the dialectic between the individual's idiosyncrasy and the pressure of the milieu. This conflict finds its 'objective correlative' in the Southern African society where Doris Lessing was brought up. In such a society, where the colour prejudice is 'only one aspect of the atrophy of the imagination that prevents us from seeing ourselves in every creature that breathes under the sun', 2 there was no chance of balanced human relationships.

Moses becomes, in psychological terms, 'the shadow' which she had hitherto refused to acknowledge. Jung's study of that issue is further illuminating. According to Jung: The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves. 15 Moses stands for all that Mary has to confront on the personal and collective level in order to achieve integration.

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