Oedipus Complex in Oedipus Rex Essay

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“Oedipus Complex in Oedipus Rex” This essay will discuss Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Oedipal Complex and how it is present in Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. The essay will explain Freud’s theory behind this complex and how it is based on Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, in which Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and reproduces with his mother. Along with Freud’s theories, I will also analyze Freud’s unusual obsession with sexuality in humans and its resemblance to Greek literature and the sexual symbolisms found in Oedipus Rex. Controversial yet exquisite, Oedipus Rex introduces to society an incestuous, parricidal plot. Decades later, in 1910, Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud adopted this plot and transformed into the Oedipus Complex theory. The Oedipus Complex explains the unconscious behavior of a male child and his desire for the love from his mother and his jealousy and hatred towards his father (Myers 296). Unconsciously and unbeknownst to Oedipus, he murders his father Liaus. Once his father dies, he marries his mother, Jocasta, and conceives children with her. Oedipus’ actions of murdering or stealing the place of the father and having all of his mother affection for himself, depicts the Oedipus Complex invented by Freud. Another connection between psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and tragedian Sophocles is the sexual fixations found in their work. Sophocles’ fixation come to light through symbolisms like the Oedipus scene where he stabs his eyes out. Freud’s fixation emerge in theories like dream interpretations and psychosexual stages. Eyes are characterized for representing truth and male power. It is through one’s eyes that one can perceive truth and obtain knowledge. However, Oedipus chooses not to. Unlike Tiresias, a blind old man who sees the future, Oedipus, with his full vision, cannot see his dreadful reality. When the truth is finally

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