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Sadeq Hedayats The Blind Owl is one of the most important literary works in Persian language The central theme of the story is an attempt toward the resolution of the writernarrators dualistic experiences of the real versus unreal the sensual against the spiritual and death as opposed to life Underlying his problems are sexual fear association of women with death a common theme in literature and disgust affiliated with deathwomen Machado de Assis Philosopher or Dog presents an interesting but intriguing main character Quincas Borba who denotes not only the eponymous possibly mad philosopher whose credo of Humanism disastrously misleads his disciple Rubio but also Borbass dog and namesake in which form Rubio believes his mentors soul is reincarnated An unreliable narrator presents many complications with the reading The narrators of The Blind Owl and Philosopher or Dog are both concerned with relatioships women and power In The Blind Owl it is important to understand the narrators symbolism of his perception of the female characters An in depth study of such symbolism reveals that the narrator is unconsciously treating the women of his creation as blank screens onto which he is casting various aspects of his personality that he can not consciously acknowledge In order to penetrate to the heart of the narrators problems of identity and being one might also relate the experience of mothering and of women to problems of dependence and ego weakness It is possible to suggest that the narrator is suffering from a split in personality and is trying to integrate a split off female element In reality he is projecting a dread and fear of his own female element In such cases the whole problem of women is bound up with ones own attitudes to oneself and it is always the female element that is dissociated in both men and women The search for the ideal woman continues His wife becomes the same as the mother and the
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