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Sigmund Freud Oedipus Complex Report

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Sigmund Freud, a neurologist in the 1800 and 1900s, had came up with the term called Oedipus Complex, a theory which explains a sexual desire of a child towards the parent of the opposite sex. The ideas from his theory are based off a famous Greek tragedy with the same name -Oedipus Rex- by the well-known playwright, Sophocles. Oedipus Rex is also about a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother, without intentionally being evil but is blinded from the truth.
The plot of Oedipus Rex is a great example of the Oedipus Complex. The story follows Oedipus, who was predicted to murder his own father and marries his mother; as a result, his father planned to kill since he was ...view middle of the document...

In the play, the blind prophet, Teiresias had said to Oedipus, “You have called me blind, but you have your eyes but see not where you are in sin,” which shows Oedipus being the one not acknowledging his own problems even. Not until later, that Oedipus realizes the wrongness of the actions he unintentionally commits and then decides to compensate for it; “drive me from here with all speed to where I may not hear a human voice. Let me live in the mountain which would have been my tomb so long ago ,” Oedipus had requested to Creon. Oedipus also doesn’t approve the wrongness of what he did, and without knowing, cursed himself for the vile actions. Like people experiencing the Oedipus complex, they somehow also knows that what they are doing is wrong, but nevertheless, it is something that is out of their control already and cannot be changed by them.
The negative feelings towards the parent of the same sex is also a significant trait for those with the Oedipus complex; the child will often have the feeling of jealousy, remorse and anger towards one parent, but will “love” the other one of the opposite sex. Upon their first encounter, the father and son’s experience wasn’t so pleasant and Oedipus hotheadedly killed his own father out of temper and anger; “I became angry and struck the coachman who was pushing me. When the old man saw this he struck me on the head from his carriage with a two-pointed staff. I struck him back and he rolled out. And then I killed them all,”. Also, the children will believe that their parent of the opposite sex is theirs to claim. Oedipus had once stated, regarding the dead king Oedipus had still not known and the queen, “A good man is dead. Since I am now the holder of his office and have his bed and wife that once was his, I will defend him as I would my own father,”. Oedipus believes that the queen is his possession and he should play the role of the dead king, his own father.
The feelings that comes with the oedipus complex are described as sexual desires and incest. Oedipus and Jocasta, his wife and mother, have...

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