Psychological Perspective in Gurcharan Das’ Larins Sahib
Keywords:Obsession, absorb, passion, transference, soliloquy, conflict, megalomaniac, power-drunkenness, intemperance, tribulations.
Gurcharan Das’ historical play Larins Sahib is written in the historical background of First Anglo-Sikh War (1845-46). The play mainly spins round Henry Lawrence who regardless of his ‘imperial’ identity, gradually sinks into the character of the dead ‘native’ Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Larins’ dream of making Punjab strong and wealthy as the Maharaja desired, takes him away from his own self and he acts as ‘Lion of Punjab’. Nevertheless, this psychological transformation comes to a full circle as Larins imbibes both the virtues and the associates of the Maharaja. As a result his aggressive attitude not only contaminates his acceptability but also infects him with the imperialistic syndrome, a position thoroughly hated and loathed by him. The present paper aims to explore the character Larins from psychological perception.
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