This research paper offers a study of the popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s novel After Dark (2004) and retraces the inherent human instincts through the exploration of the psyche. A psychological explanation is given to the violence of human beings by associating it with the psychological devices, mirror, and mask. These devices reflect the inner psyche, the primitive animal self of an individual. Jung’s tripartite division of human psyche- anima/animus, shadow, and persona is also discussed in the paper by drawing parallels with the novel. The stressed and pressured psyche is the reason for the outburst of human violence, and this is proved through the paper. The darkness assists the man and therefore the inner consciousness takes the form of a nocturnal psyche that lives and breathes in darkest corners of one’s heart.
N. Saranya and Anusudha R. S., “Mapping the Borders of the Subconscious: A Study on the Dynamics of the Nocturnal Psyche in Murakami’s After Dark”, Research Journal of English Language and Literature (RJELAL) A Peer Reviewed (Refereed) International Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 592-598, 2017.