The Role of Society and Family in shaping mindset: A study of Ryu Murakami's Audition


  • Jegan F Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College, Trichy 620 020.
  • Dr. K. Mohamed Umar Farooq Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College, Trichy.


Psychological Health, Early-life trauma, Parental Responsibility, Social influence, Negative influence.


This research delves into the crucial interplay between physical and mental well-being in a
child’s growth and development, emphasising the enduring impact on their psychological
health. Drawing from the theories of John Broadus Watson, a notable behaviourist
psychologist, the study explores the persistent influence of childhood experiences on an
individual’s fears and psyche throughout their lifetime. These theoretical underpinnings guide
an analysis of Ryu Murakami’s novel Audition, revealing the intricate relationship between
early-life trauma and its repercussions on mental well-being. The narrative follows Asami, a
character marked by a traumatic past of abuse, neglect, and betrayal, leading to profound
psychological scars that shape her present relationships and decisions. Through a lens of
parental responsibility, societal impact, and individual resilience, the paper underscores the
critical role of childhood experiences in molding a person’s psychological landscape and
advocates for a compassionate approach in fostering a child’s growth.


Murakami, Ryu. (1997). Audition (Carthy, Ralph Mc.). Bloomsbury publishing plc, London. 2009.

Watson, John B (1913) Psychology as the behaviorist views it. Psychological review, 158-177.