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Larry's Realization in My Oedipus Complex by Frank O' Connor

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In Greek mythology, Oedipus was a prince dedicated to kill his father and marry his mother. “My Oedipus Complex” by the Irish author Frank O' Connor is about a young child named Larry that wants to rid his dad from the home to become more intimate with his mother. When his father returns on his unexpected visits from the war, Larry is hostile and jealous of surrendering his mothers attention to his father and finds himself in a continual struggle to successfully gain that feeling of closeness back.

Frank O' Connor writes in retrospect about the child who has a physiological affect on him called Oedipus complex. An unconscious idea or feeling that posses around the parent of the opposite sex and wants to eliminate the parent of the same sex that usually affects children at either the age of five or six. The story starts out with Larry talking about his “Santa Claus” (p.1) type father only appearing at the house when pleased. His father was a solider in World War 1, which sent him on his trips to battle. He liked his father's visits because of the souvenirs he would leave behind from the war such as bullet casings. However, towards the middle of the story, hestart to realize that he wants his dad to be gone at war so he can have his mothers full attention. Once young Larry realizes his fathers attendance at home all the time he asks the question to his mom if daddy will even go back to war but she replies that the war is over and he is here stay. Larry says, “from that morning on my life was a hell. Father and I were enemies open and avowed,” (p.7). The survinors or toys as Larry called them would play around with the toys irritating his dad, “'those are not toys,' he growled, taking down the box again to see if I had l...

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...f being second hand like that just as he thought when his dad was home from the war. Also with the baby the dad also took second to the mother as she cared for Sonny leaving Larry to say, “After awhile it came to me what he was mad about. It was his turn now. After turning me out of the big bed, he had been turned out himself. Mother had no consideration now for anyone but that poisonous pup,” (p.9). Larry had gained a friend in his father as he realizes what he was fighting him over is now taken.

In Conclusion, “My Oedipus Complex” goes by the old saying when one door closes another door opens. Larry's door closing was the realization that he was unable to marry his mother and have babies with her. The door opening was him seeing that his father wasn't bad at all and he said,”At Christmas he went out of his way to buy me a really nice model railway,” (p.10).
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