Psychological Trauma and Mythical Images in „A Severed Head‟
A. Satya Phani Kumari1,Waheed Shafiah2

1A.S.Phani Kumari, Department of English, PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Vijayawada, AP, India.
2Waheed Shafiah, Department of English, St Ann‟s College of Engg .& Tech, Chirala, AP, India.

Manuscript received on October 11, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on October 15, 2013. | Manuscript published on October 25, 2013. | PP:18-22 | Volume-1, Issue-12, October 2013. | Retrieval Number: L05081011213/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: It is arduous and somewhat complex thing to speak about the works of writers who express their multifarious views in an extraordinary way in this empirical world where our great writers are free lances. Very few writers achieve the success path as fiction playwrights and philosophical instigators. By virtue of the extent and variety of her work, the vigour and originality, her influence on art, letters, philosophy and life, and the range and beauty of her style, Iris Murdoch entered the literary scene with her book Sartre: The Romantic Rationalist. This paper deals with the theme and analytical observation of A Severed Head in which Murdoch presents incest, marital absurdity and extramarital relationships within the structure of extremely intricate psychological, existential and Freudian views. The atrocities and incest are taken as common things in the western society and no one dares to reveal those uncommon things to the world. No one thinks about the future of those sufferers. But Murdoch has presented her positive views in her book A Severed Head and showed her courage to the literary world by taking a weird subject. This paper elucidates her views about repressive social rules, her philosophical knowledge, sentiments, humor and sudden twists in the story.
Keywords: Freudian psychology, incest, adultery, severed head, social sentiments, morality