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  The Oedipal Complex and "Oedipus Rex" Essay by Sophocles | Student Essays
The Oedipal Complex and "Oedipus Rex" Essay by Sophocles
Oedipal Complex is something that develops in the brain and grows into a mental problem that makes the person feel aggressive against the same sex parent and have a sexual feelings for the opposite sex parent.
It states that Oedipal complex is "a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father ("Oedipal Complex" 5).
www.bookrags.com /essay-2006/1/9/20487/52108   (551 words)

 Oedipus Complex
A critical aspect of the Oedipal stage is loosening of the ties to the mother of vulnerability, dependence and intimacy.
There are three common threads in the Oedipus complex: The primacy of the desire for one-ness, the maternal embodiment of this and the necessity of paternal intervention.
She places the Oedipal complex as occurring in the paranoid-schizoid position, where the infant's world is largely split and relations are mainly to part-objects.
changingminds.org /disciplines/psychoanalysis/concepts/oedipus_complex.htm   (1737 words)

  Oedipus complex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Oedipus complex or Oedipus conflict is a concept developed by Sigmund Freud to explain the origin of certain neuroses in childhood.
The Oedipus conflict, or Oedipus complex, was described as a state of psychosexual development and awareness first occurring around the age of 5 and a half years (a period known as the phallic stage in Freudian theory).
Although Freud devoted most of his early literature to the Oedipus complex in males, by 1931 he was arguing that females do experience an Oedipus complex, and that in the case of females, incestuous desires are initially homosexual desires towards the mothers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Oedipus_complex   (1594 words)

 Position Papers Week 2
In contrast with both the Oedipal Complex and the Matrilineal Complex, in the Madonna Complex there is a strong bond between the mother and the son.
Key to both the Oedipal Complex and the Matrilineal complex is the idea that the child ultimately identifies strongly with the parental figure of the same sex.
Keeping the Oedipus complex in mind, Mary is non threatening to Italian men, because she became a mother without having sexual relations, and therefore does not present them with any competition in the form of a father.
www.union.edu /PUBLIC/ANTDEPT/72w02/poswk2.htm   (4844 words)

 Oedipal trajectory/Oedipal complex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This narrative structure derives from a version of Freud's (heavily masculinist) Oedipal complex, which theorizes the universal (unconscious) desire of every young boy to sleep with his mother and eliminate his father as a rival, who the boy fears will castrate him and who has “lawful” access to the mother.
The Oedipal trajectory manifests itself by positioning the lead male as the active subject who must overcome a crisis, gain the blessing of the father (sometimes literal although usually figurative—the older, street-wise cop, the war-hardened “sarge,” etc.), and regain the realm of social stability through heterosexual commitment (actual or implied marriage).
While this simplified version of the Oedipal complex is useful for identifying a normative narrative paradigm (and the transgressions against it), it is not very useful for actually applying psychoanalytic theory to film analysis.
faculty.uwb.edu /mgoldberg/oedipal.htm   (522 words)

 Oedipus complex. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Resolution of the Oedipus complex is believed to occur by identification with the parent of the same sex and by the renunciation of sexual interest in the parent of the opposite sex.
Freud considered this complex the cornerstone of the superego and the nucleus of all human relationships.
Many psychiatrists, while acknowledging the significance of the Oedipal relationships to personality development in our culture, ascribe love and attraction toward one parent and hatred and antagonism toward the other not necessarily to sexual rivalry but to resentment of parental authoritarian power.
www.bartleby.com /65/oe/Oedipusc.html   (195 words)

 PsyArt: An Online Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts.
While Klein's extention of oedipal conflicts involving both parents and siblings to the pregenital phases and layers of the psyche is clear, there appears to be some ambiguity in Kleinian writings about the precise situation of such conflicts in relation to the paranoid-schizoid (PS) and depressive (D) positions.
Klein's description of the Oedipus complex centers on the child's growing realization that the parents are sharing pleasure from which it is excluded and the consequent elaborate, often sadistic phantasies with which it responds.
The film in fact portrays three aspects of one oedipal dynamic: the rage of siblings at the faithless mother; the rage of these same siblings at the unwanted "alien"; and the helplessness ensuing from the absence of effectual fathers, the destruction of one father-figure and the deceptive alliance of another with "Mother".
www.clas.ufl.edu /ipsa/journal/1999_carveth03.shtml   (3264 words)

 Peer Review Panel Paper, EPF Conference in Vilamoura 2005
The discovery of the pre-Oedipal period had Freud doubting for a moment whether or not the Oedipus complex is the nuclear complex of neurosis (and of the unconscious as such).
A hypothesis on the anthropological significance of the Oedipus and castration complex: Laplanche and Balint
The Oedipus and the castration complex are, in the first place, the Oedipus and castration complex of the parents or the adult.
www.ijpa.org /vilamoura.htm   (8247 words)

 Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Practice, Past to Present
The male then enters the "Oedipal Stage" and begins touching his penis and fantasizing about doing something with it to his mother, until the threat of castration and realization of the lack of a penis in females throws him into the period of latency.
Freud (1964) attributed the severity of the superego to the strength of defense used against the temptation of the Oedipus complex (and used this to claim that men have more fully developed superegos--but that is a more complex matter that is more fully dealt with in the sections of this paper on criticisms).
The resolution of the oedipal complex can only come about through psychoanalysis, at least according to Freud, and entails the patient's realizing and admitting the feelings and fantasies to him- or herself.
www.personalityresearch.org /papers/plaut.html   (6753 words)

The definition of the Oedipal complex is a subconscious sexual desire in a child, usually towards the parent of opposite sex.
Modern day interpretation of the Oedipal complex is that a son has subconscience desires to be with his mother, as well as a jealously towards the father.
The Oedipal complex refers to a son who wishes to have the attention or acceptance of his mother, or a son who sides with the mother and is against his father.
harvey.harker.org /harker/comment.cgi?newsid=1915   (10005 words)

 template journal
Therefore, if the child completes the Oedipal complex aligned with the father, this is considered a masculine position, and similarly if the subject ends up identified with the mother this is considered a feminine position[5].
While Lacan concurs with Freud that the castration complex is the point on which the Oedipus complex revolves[7], he does not agree with Freud’s early assertion that it is different for boys and girls.
While psychoanalytically, the Oedipal complex provides a framework within which to develop gendered subjectivity along with appropriate boundaries for desire, in the case of Buffy and Anita, there is an additional layer to their subjectivity to negotiate.
www.refractory.unimelb.edu.au /journalissues/vol8/hoffman.html   (9790 words)

 Hollywood's Revisioning of "Frankenstein"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Her physical deformation and physical death are simply the literalization of the possibility that in assuming her role as the idealized object of masculine desire, which the negotiation of the Oedipal complex en-tails, woman has already died as a subject.
In examining the Oedipal complex as it manifests itself in the Gothic Romance plot formula, Modeleski argues this aspect of the Oedipal complex is replicated and resolved in two recurrent tendencies.
First, Oedipal tensions are replicated as the heroine comes to fear her lover, who is also a father substitute, is guilty of having killed the woman he was previously involved with and that, therefore, she too is in peril.
homepages.wmich.edu /~a1watson/beware.html   (3187 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
These different reactions implied that the entry into the oedipal situation, the choice of sexual objects, sexual aims, the length of the oedipal phase, its resolution, and consequences for the development of the superego are different for boys and girls.
He also stressed object relations and presented clinical material to demonstrate that the woman's oedipal complex owed its special form almost entirely to a transfer of traits from the pre-genital relationship with the mother onto the genital relationship with the father.
She argued that the girl's oedipal complex is effected by these configurations: "The turn to the father, however, is embedded in a girls' external relationship to her mother and in her relation to her mother as internal object...
www.ipso-candidates.org /feminization.html   (8653 words)

 Oedipus wrecked: Freud's theory of frustrated incest goes on the defensive - Sigmund Freud Science News - Find Articles
Now, however, the Oedipus complex shows its own flair for tragedy, as it falls from grace among many of Freud's intellectual progeny and faces empirical challenges from psychologists and other researchers influenced by Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Oedipal urges lead to castration anxieties in boys, who then resolve the dilemma by turning to the father for moral and religious guidance, resulting in a strong "superego," or conscience, he maintained.
One current schools of psychoanalytic thought rejects Freud's assertion that the Oedipus complex occurs universally, arguing instead that psychologically disturbed parents sometimes stir up incestuous and intensely competitive feelings in their children.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1200/is_n16_v140/ai_11515981   (876 words)

 freud & Oed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This fear leads to the end of the Oedipal period for the boy who learns to suppress his desire for the forbidden female.
For Freud, the key is is an emotional complex, called the Oedipal Complex, that develop in early childhood and is repressed into the unconscious by the emerging Superego.
Oedipal complex can be extended to include any triangular pattern in which a younger, smaller male struggles with an older, larger something--either man or monster--over a female.
www.utexas.edu /courses/bigmyth303/Outline4.html   (1776 words)

 Resolving the Oedipus Complex
His father’s intent was “to hinder the development” of his affection toward his mother, “to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child.” Rather than the Aunt Hester whipping scene, the Harriet-Captain Anthony relationship establishes the central oedipal conflict in Douglass’s domestic narrative.
The father, Captain Anthony, in effect, attempted to castrate his son, to cut Fred off as a rival for his mother’s body (symbolically, the bodies of all women), to sever any emotional attachment to fl womanhood and the norms of humanity.
In a sense it replicates his oedipal anxiety in more graphic terms, the phantasm of slavery’s lived reality, its castration of freedom and human dignity.
www.nathanielturner.com /resolvingtheoedipalcomplex.htm   (2557 words)

 In Rebecca female sexuality is explored through the heroine’s symbolic development of a negative Oedipal complex ...
In Rebecca female sexuality is explored through the heroine’s symbolic development of a negative Oedipal complex followed by
In Rebecca female sexuality is explored through the heroine’s symbolic development of  a negative Oedipal complex followed by an Electra complex.
In short the heroine’s development in the film from a naive, weak little girl into a powerful, knowledgeable wife is mirrored by this symbolic transition from a negative Oedipal stage to an Electra stage to a father-daughter incestuous relationship.
www.u.arizona.edu /~scobb/studentessay2.html   (1129 words)

 Dr. Freud's Hamlet
The response from the psychoanalytic community centered on the universality of the Oedipal complex, as did the attack itself.
The Freudian position was that the greater the Oedipal complex, the greater the effort will be to repress it.
In the case of Hamlet, the fact that there is no visible evidence that Hamlet harbored the wish to kill his father further argues to the point that such a wish exists and that it is very strong.
arts.ucsc.edu /faculty/bierman/Elsinore/Freud/freudOpinions.html   (473 words)

 Universal Neurosis
Briefly stated, the Oedipus Complex is the preservation in the adult individual of the perceptions, strategies and scars of a conflict the individual underwent during his/her pre-school years.
Freud found what he took to be evidence for the universal existence of the Oedipus Complex in the testimony of patients, in his analysis of the repressed in dreams, in slips, wit, and the transference phenomenon, as well as in art, philosophy and religion.
His use of his own and patients dreams in order to come to this conclusion about a Oedipal Complex, caused these ideas as well as those of the tripartite id, ego, and super-ego to be ignorantly discredited instead of examined and studied for their useful revelations about the human psyche.
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 Dr. Freud's Hamlet
At the center of Frederic Wertham's argument with Sigmund Freud's interpretation of Hamlet is an attack on the universal appropriateness of the Oedipal complex.
This variety of parent complex which centers on the mother, and more specifically on hostility toward her, can be designated as the Orestes complex.
Freud's assumption is that the presence of Gertrude evokes a sense of guilt and discomfort (as a result of his Oedipal yearnings) which Hamlet is unable to tolerate.
arts.ucsc.edu /faculty/bierman/elsinore/Freud/freudOrestes.html   (460 words)

 Fathers' Forum Online - A New Interpretation of an Old Myth: Oedipus Rex Reconsidered
The Oedipal complex and the Oedipal phase of development have become commonplace in the terminology of childhood psychology.
I think it is time to reexamine the Oedipal myth in terms of what it is saying about a father's unconscious feelings regarding the early stages of parenthood.
The fear of having a son or daughter become the primary recipient of his mate's attention and affection and the possibility that the child will replace him as the "king" in the family is a very difficult concept for a new father.
www.fathersforum.com /chapter9.html   (884 words)

 Robert Barbeau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In other words, the Oedipal conflict as conveyed in Kafka’s writings is obvious enough to act as a psychoanalytic smoke screen or decoy — a distortion — and any psychoanalytic interpretation focusing on the Oedipal conflict must account for Kafka’s knowledge of Freud and the Oedipus complex.
The first is that the “standard Oedipal drama” is inverted, where the father becomes the jealous son, and Georg becomes the father.
Were it the case that the Oedipus complex drove Kafka to write, to create these stories in the cathartic release of tension that his relationship with his father created, then Kafka would have less reason to renounce his work on his deathbed, for it would have long since fulfilled its cathartic purpose.
www4.ncsu.edu /~rrbarbea/Kafka/ENG586-Barbeau.htm   (4847 words)

 The Psychogenic Theory and the Perfect Society
However, the theory, which denies the Oedipus complex and its erotic - aggressive genesis, has produced its mirror imago: the hallucination of the expulsion of the father and the incest, sterilized from every erotic aggressive connotation, and through the enactment of a regression.
When the Oedipal child experiences the first erections, these are erotic energies, which flows from other parts of the body, where they had been until then, into the genitals.
The primary cause was the incapability of identifying with the father, and therefore of lusting the mother as a woman, but the final outcome is the hallucination of children and mothers in the symbiosis of eternal Love, this time attached at the breast, or even in the placenta itself/herself.
www.geocities.com /psychohistory2001/ThePsychogenicTheory.html   (10124 words)

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