Coping With Pain In Sarah's Key

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Coping with Pain Change is inevitable. What occurs in the world cannot be prevented, and as a result lives can be drastically altered for better or worse. These traumatic experiences can transform both an individual’s outlook on themselves, and the world. It was July 16, 1942 following the Nazi’s decrees that the French police began to arrest the Jewish population in France. It was on this day that many Jewish children and adults were eternally tainted. In the novel Sarah’s Key, author Tatiana De Rosnay intertwines the time periods of the two main characters, Sarah Starzynski and Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. As both of their lives become increasingly connected, one comes to understand how…show more content…
Throughout the novel, it can be argued that Rosnay uses Sarah’s attempt to repress the thought of her brother’s death as the attempt of the ego to distinguish itself through the use of a defense mechanism. Sarah eventually attempts to escape her past and begin a new life in the United States, but is unable to forget about her childhood despite everyone around her not knowing her true identity. Freud stated in his book The Ego and the Id, "We approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations. We picture it as being open at its end to somatic influences, and as there taking up into itself instinctual needs which find their psychical expression in it, but we cannot say in what substratum" (Freud 73). Sarah bottled up her deepest thoughts, never expressing her past to anyone. In a way, she was able to repress the painful memories. Sarah states, “No one here knows. No one here knows about the key, about you…about who I really am” (Rosnay 259). The id being, “the dark, inaccessible part of our personality” ("New Introductory Lectures"), clearly proves how someone in Sarah’s life would be unable to completely understand her due to the fact that she hid her sorrowful past. Sarah was alone in the world even though she had both a loving husband and son because she would not share her feelings with

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