Symbols and the Divided Self in Janus

Xiaomi ZHANG


The paper presents the main theme of American writer Ann Beattie’s short novel Janus—the divided self. Illustrations are given here on the symbolic meaning of the mysterious bowl as well as the cold house. The relationship between bowl and love as well as connection between house and marriage reveal the true implication of two-faced god Janus. All the work throws light on the divided self resulted from emptiness, confusion and emotional difficulties of middle and upper-middle class.


Janus; Symbolism; Divided self; Bowl; Love

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