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Mourning with Shadows: A Study of Grieving Process and Melancholy Objects reflected at Tony Takitani

[Speaker] Chuang, Po-hsuan:1
[Co-author] Tsang, Chi-wei:1, Wu, Pei-hsuan:1, Shih, Yu-heng:1, Woo, Sophie:1
1:National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan (Taiwan)

Griever searching for re-attaching the relationship with deceased after the breaking of attachment bonds, caused by death. This research aims to know the phenomenon of grieving process and the function of melancholy objects. The objective of the research is to analyze the bereaved husband's reactions in Murakami Haruki's Tony Takitani story, according to Object Relations Theory, specific with Bowlby's attachment and Winnicott's transitional objects concept. The type of this research is consensual qualitative research (CQR) with method of content analysis. The result of this analysis is that the bereaved husband's mourning reactions reappeared his childhood attachment style with significant others, resulted in re-experiencing back and forth among some specific grieving stages in his mourning process. Melancholy objects served as an intermediate area of yearning and searching for re-attachment with the deceased, circulated with past memories and grieving emotions especially in his stage of fixation.
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