MAIN CHARACTER’S CONFLICT AND DEFENSE MECHANISMS IN THE NOVEL “TENTANG KAMU” BY TERE LIYE

Lilia Sarah, Sisila Fitriany Damanik, Winda Setiasari

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The study dealed with the main character’s conflicts and defense mechanisms found in a novel “Tentang Kamu” written by Tere Liye. The objectives of this study were to find out the types of conflict of the main character and the defense mechanism that is reflected in solving the problem. The sources of the data were taken from the novel “Tentang Kamu” By Tere Liye. This was an observation study because this study focused on the analysis of spoken language in the novel. The collected data were identified, devided, and analyzed based on literature and psychology perspectives of Islam‟s (2016) theory and defense mechanisms by Cramer (2006). The findings show that Sri Ningsih, as the main character, faces the external conflict which is described as person vs nature whereas the internal conflicts is person vs himself which describes the features of sadness, anger, betrayal, anxiety, love and regret as experienced by the main character. The conflict between person vs. herself (internal conflict) becomes the most common conflict faced by the main character then it was followed with the defense mechanism of denial and identification.

Keywords:  conflicts, defense mechanisms, denial, identification


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