A DEFENSE MECHANISM BASED ANALYSIS OF SELECTED STORY
This research is aimed to discuss the kind of defense mechanisms that are performed by characters in Oscar Wilde’s story The Importance of Being Earnest in their related positions and the implementation of characters’ mechanisms in managing and solving the rising conflicts. The research used defense mechanism based analysis. In the analysis, two aspects of defense mechanisms were observed. Those aspects are characters’ behaviors and how such behaviors are performed to settle the rising throughout the successive events in the in the play. The research results show the rest of the defense mechanism acts exist at every level of characters’ unconsciousness’s. In the three acts of the play, the characters mostly perform: denial, displacement, projection, reaction formation, regression and rationalization acts to defend themselves. Even though, there are three cores of conflicts, but every conflict does not totally become real conflicts because several characters in the play are finally able to overcome any related conflict.