Oedipus Rex Research Paper

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Oedipal Complex in Oedipus Rex
Briefly, an overview of Freud's Oedipus complex (in all its decidedly masculine perspective) is:
The sudden outburst of carnal feelings from the child for the opposite sex parent in conjunction with inimical feelings for the parent of the same sex.
Freud adamantly asserted, first in The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900 and then later in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), that the Oedipal period of the child's life (from between 3-6 years) was the crucial moment in which adult personality disorders later formed if unresolved. Due to the innate disharmony of the emotions felt towards both parents there is an overwhelming sense of ambivalence in regard to the father figure whom the boy has to identify with yet feel at odds due to the competition for the mother's affections. To some extent there is …show more content…

Attempting to circumvent this undesirable outcome his parents abandoned him and ironically set this sequence of events in motion causing Oedipus to unwittingly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The idea of a curse of fate is very important as it correlates with Freud's opinion that it is intrinsic in human nature, the famous quote from which Freud extrapolated and used to back much of his theory being: "Before this in dreams too, ...many a man has lain with his mother". It is from this single quote that Freud realised that this phenomenon was not only limited to himself and Sophocles but "many" men stretching back centuries
In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Jocasta exclaims, "How oft it chances that in dreams a man/Has wed his mother!" For Sigmund Freud, "how oft" meant "always." The theory of the "Oedipus complex", examined by Freud in The Ego and the Id, formed the core of his interpretation of many psychological

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