Humans and Animals: Psychosexual bonding in St Mawr and “Karnelko Ghoda”
Keshav Raj Chalise
Two psychological writers: Koirala from Nepalese narrative writings and Lawrence from English fiction writings, share common aspects of depicting human psychic realities in their creations. Koirala’s short story, “Karnelko Ghoda” and Lawrence’s novella, St. Mawr have the common aspects of human and animal bonding. With similar plot structure, both stories present female characters being psychologically attached with the animal character, the horse. Both females suffer from the distorted impulses with impotent and sterile marriage relationship. The relation has automatically led them to hate the males they are married with, and they develop some sort of relationship with the male horse they have. They have seen the reflection of the power, strength and potency in the horse. They realize the sense of self-object, feeling of love or affection of the love toward him or her. They expose the love, affection and even devotion to the horse greater than to their married husbands. They feel the notion of self-psychology, understanding the psychology of the animals within themselves. The mode of self-psychology, in general and self-object in particular reveals their psychosexual relation to the horse. The male central characters in both the stories do hate the horse. Their hatred and anger appears to be the result of their sexual antagonism. This paper tries to examine human-horse relation as related to psychic reality of self-object and antagonism.