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The Impact of Parental Role Absence Toward Evan’s Behavior in Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen

Version 1 : Received: 30 March 2021 / Approved: 31 March 2021 / Online: 31 March 2021 (14:51:51 CEST)

How to cite: Puspitasari, I.; Pandin, M. The Impact of Parental Role Absence Toward Evan’s Behavior in Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen. Preprints 2021, 2021030773 Puspitasari, I.; Pandin, M. The Impact of Parental Role Absence Toward Evan’s Behavior in Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen. Preprints 2021, 2021030773

Abstract

A family can be considered as an ideal family if it involves mutual affection and attention from both parents and children. On the contrary, a broken home is a condition in a family where one is not structurally intact. Dear Evan Hansen is a musical play written by Steven Levenson that tells a story about Evan Hansen, a senior high school student who grows up in a broken family and has been suffering from mental illnesses, especially anxiety. This study aims to know how a broken family condition and childhood trauma experienced by Evan contribute in forming his anxiety. This study uses qualitative research approach as the method. Freudian psychoanalysis is used to analyze the defense mechanism to suppress the anxiety experienced by the main character, Evan Hansen, as he undergoes some events that push his repressed memory to come into surface. This study finds that Evan’s anxiety reveals his core issue, which is a fear of abandonment. The attempt to bring this to awareness triggers resistance in the form of defense mechanisms, which is the repression itself that influences Evan’s mannerisms regarding pathological lying.

Subject Areas

Broken family; childhood trauma; defense mechanism; repression; anxiety

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