Background[ edit ] Electra and Orestes, matricides As a psychoanalytic term for daughter—mother psychosexual conflict, the Electra complex derives from the Greek mythologic character Electrawho plotted matricidal revenge with Orestesher brother, against Clytemnestratheir mother, and Aegisthustheir stepfather, for their murder of Agamemnontheir father cf.
But Freud misread Oedipus Rex—which does not illustrate the Oedipus complex— and distorted its meaning to suit his theoretical preconceptions.
Before Oedipus was born, his father Laius was informed by an Oracle that if he had a son, Laius would die at his hand. Three days following his birth, Oedipus was given by his mother Jocasta to a shepherd, with instructions that he be cast away to perish. Discovered by another shepherd on a mountainside, Oedipus was brought to the childless King of Corinth, Polybus and his wife Merope, who raised him as their own son.
Oedipus did not know that he was adopted. After he left his adoptive parents, Oedipus was rudely accosted on the road from Delphi to Thebes by the herald of a man in a carriage.
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Oedipus Rex begins with parental aggression and abandonment, not filial patricide or incestuous relations between a son and a mother. And the son with supposedly lustful wishes and murderous impulses actually tried to protect his parents and avoid the very fate Freud attributed to him. The real power of Oedipus Rex lies not in the fact that it illustrates the Oedipus complex—that Oedipus was oedipal—but that it depicts a troubling and seemingly universal dimension of human behavior; the way we unwittingly create the fate we fear and abhor.
Oedipus, like most of us, falls victim to what he frantically strove to avoid. What Oedipus could teach us is how magnetic the pull is to repeat what we desperately wish to escape. And a reading of Oedipus Rex shaped by a contemporary psychoanalytic understanding of human development can illuminate why.
Fewer of us now share the ancient Greek belief that human beings are the playthings of the Gods. But increasing numbers of therapists realize that people are inextricably shaped by the specific relational contexts in which they are raised and later inhabit.
And when we greet the particular wounds and traumas we experience with the incomparable power of human understanding, it then becomes possible for us to comprehend and integrate what was done to us in the past instead of endlessly repeating it.plex; anyone who fails to do so falls a victim to neuroses.
JVith the progress o€ psycho-analytic studies the importance of the Oedipus complex has become more and more clearly.
Oedipus the King Test study guide by lovenlaughter88 includes 40 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more. Quizlet flashcards, activities and games help you improve your grades. Oedipus Rex, (Latin: “Oedipus the King”) Greek Oidipous Tyrannos, play by Sophocles, performed sometime between and bce, that marks the summit of classical Greek drama’s formal achievement, known for its tight construction, mounting tension, and perfect use of the dramatic devices of recognition and discovery.
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Oedipus Rex follows the clear nature of a tragedy, in that it encompasses the common conventions of a Greek Tragedy, with ones life being controlled by fate and the gods.
The Oedipus Complex in the Contemporary Psychoanalysis Sanja Borove~ki-Jakovljev and Stanislav Mata~i} Clinic for Psychological Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia ABSTRACT In this article, authors have tried to answer the question:»Were is the place, and what is the meaning of the Oedipus complex in contemporary psychoanalysis?«.