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  • Oedipus Complex - 652 words
    One of the cornerstones of psychoanalysis is the Oedipus Complex. According to the generally accepted version during a session of self-analysis, Freud unearthed a childhood memory of being sexually aroused by seeing his mother naked. Soon after Freud uncovered these memories from his childhood, he postulated a universal law- the Oedipus Complex. Freud believed that in the phallic stage of development (i.e. between the years of 2 and 3) every boy has the urge to engage in sexual acts with their mother, and fear castration from their father. Because of this desire, the boy will kill his father. Even though Freuds theory seemed more to imply that this applied to males rather than females, it is ...
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  • My Oedipus Complex - 1,061 words
    The story My Oedipus Complex by Frank OConnor deals exclusively with a little boy named Larry and his feelings towards his father. When his father returns home from World War II, Larry is resentful and jealous of losing his mothers undivided attention, and finds himself in a constant struggle to win back her affections. I really enjoyed My Oedipus Complex, because it reminded me a great deal of my elementary school days. My brother Brian was born when I was five, and from that day on there was never a moment of peace in the house. He was constantly underfoot, and after he was old enough, spent all his time trying to sweet talk my mother into whatever it was he wanted at the moment. Kissing h ...
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  • Hamlet's Portrayal Of The Oedipus Complex - 600 words
    The Oedipus Complex is a theory formed by Sigmund Freud, stating that individuals have a repressed desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex while feeling rivalry with the parent of the same sex. There is much evidence in the play that suggests Hamlet is a victim of the Oedipus Complex. In the beginning of the play when Hamlet is reciting his first soliloquy, he makes may references to his disgust in his mother when she is with other men. Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him, as if increase of appetite had grown. He says this of his deceased father. He does not want to remember how his mother hung on his father, as if to satisfy some great appetite, a need for ...
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  • Hamlets Oedipus Complex - 1,190 words
    Various works of literature contain characters who embody the elements of the classic Oedipus Complex, that of a son with an undue and unhealthy attachment to his mother. D.H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, along with other early modernist works, shows how a son's bond to his mother can lead to that character's major downfall. Even earlier than works of the late 19th Century does the Oedipus Complex appear, in this case, William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Shakespeare's play about the Prince of Denmark shows the beginning of an Oedipal Complex, with Hamlet's jealousy of his uncle Claudius for marrying his mother Gertrude and the rage that Hamlet's emulation causes. The story behind the Oedipus Complex ...
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  • None Provided - 2,622 words
    For this paper I have decided to include information about both readings we have covered. We read William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Through reading both stories and by doing outside research I learned something interesting. This was that a Freudian theory was named for a few of the scenes in Oedipus the King and that this theory was also connected to Hamlet. This theory is known as the "Oedipus Complex" and when explained can provide a lot of insight into the interpretation of these plays. Its actual definition can be found in psychology books and even most encyclopedia. It is a concept used in psychoanalysis that shows a child's unconscious desire for the exclusi ...
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  • None Provided - 2,620 words
    ... is paper I have decided to include information about both readings we have covered. We read William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Through reading both stories and by doing outside research I learned something interesting. This was that a Freudian theory was named for a few of the scenes in Oedipus the King and that this theory was also connected to Hamlet. This theory is known as the "Oedipus Complex" and when explained can provide a lot of insight into the interpretation of these plays. Its actual definition can be found in psychology books and even most encyclopedia. It is a concept used in psychoanalysis that shows a child's unconscious desire for the exclusive ...
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  • Fredian - 1,253 words
    we have organic disease versus the symptom complex of neurosis with no physical determinants, but rather we must look for the underlying conflicts ascertained by "talking through" psychotherapy. How do you apply this to a collectivity like a nation? Is there a national character in which invariably a nation follows a pre-selected pattern of inherited behavior? For instance, are the Germans warlike, the Russians passive, and the Americans beneficent? 2. Or must we look to an interdisciplinary approach to assess group dynamics? Does Freud help? While there is a definition of normality for the individual, there is no such standard in judging nation-states or even various cultures. Ethnology is ...
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  • Oedipus - 1,043 words
    The Presence of the Oedipus Complex in Paul Auster's City of Glass Throughout history literature has had several themes or ideas that have persisted though all of its different movements. One of these ideas is that of the Oedipus complex. The Story of Oedipus was originally written by Sophocles in the fifth century BC. Sigmund Freud conceived the actual idea of the "Oedipus Complex" as it pertains to society and modern literature. A definition Oedipus complex or theory states that, A boy's sexual wishes in regard to his mother become more intense and his father is perceived as an obstacle to them; from this the Oedipus complex originates. His identification with his father then takes on a ho ...
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  • Freud Biography - 1,274 words
    Freud was born in Freiberg, on May 6, 1856, and educated at the University of Vienna. When he was three years old his family, fleeing from the anti-Semitic riots then raging in Freiberg, moved to Leipzig. Shortly thereafter, the family settled in Vienna, where Freud remained for most of his life. Although Freud's ambition from childhood had been a career in law, he decided to become a medical student shortly before he entered the University of Vienna in 1873. Inspired by the scientific investigations of the German poet Goethe, Freud was driven by an intense desire to study natural science and to solve some of the challenging problems confronting contemporary scientists. In his third year at ...
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  • Emotions Of Oedipus Rex - 868 words
    In the play, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles carefully gives each character their own personality, so they will react differently to their problems as they come about. The way each character deal with his or her feelings is what makes this play so powerful. Through out the play we know for a fact the main character, Oedipus Rex, had indeed killed his father in a confrontation, and went on to marry his mother, Iocaste. As Oedipus learns this, he goes through a great deal of emotions throughout the story, ranging from one extreme to the other. After Oedipus learns about his prophesy, he becomes deathly afraid the Oracle might become true. One problem, Oedipus doesnt know the people he has been living w ...
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  • Feminist - 1,292 words
    ... argued that similar differences existed among humans. Consequently, he concluded that men are, "more courageous, pugnacious and energetic than woman, and have more inventive genius." Darwin did much to damage society during his day, women in particular. Victorian assumptions of the inevitability and rightness of a woman's role of domestic moral preceptor and nurturer and man's role of free-ranging aggressive provider and jealous patriarch were enshrined in Darwin's reconstruction of human evolution. Our female progenitors were maternal, sexually shy, tender and altruistic, while our male ancestors were "naturally" competitive, ambitious and selfish. Not unlike Darwin himself who wrote i ...
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  • None - 1,428 words
    Oedipus the King - Tragic Justice of Fate by Tina Uhlig Oedipus the King is one of the most famous and influential of Sophocles' plays. On the surface of this drama there is, without a doubt, a tone of disillusionment. Dramatic irony is a much-used literary device in this play and its unusual structure serves as an explanation for its enduring popularity. Oedipus is portrayed as a character of social conscience whose tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is brought on by a combination of human and divine actions. The central theme is the incest of Oedipus with his mother; and then, the killing of his father. Depending on how one reads the intricacies and vaguenes ...
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  • The Failings Of Future Of An Illusion - 1,511 words
    In Sigmund Freuds The Future of an Illusion, Freud suggests that humanity is driven by instinctual wishes that they suppress, such as incest, cannibalism, and a lust for killing. What keeps humanity from acting upon these wishes, and resulting in the break down of civilization, are the moral laws of that civilization. In European/Western civilization these moral laws are based on religion, specifically Christianity and Judaism. Religion creates a moral system by which those that do evil are eternally punished, and those that do good, rewarded, thus keeping society in line. In addition to preventing humankind from acting on its instinctual wishes, Freud states that religion also helps humanit ...
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  • Some Neofreudian Views On A Serial Killer - 965 words
    Some Neo-Freudian Views on a Serial Killer The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization Charles Manson is in fact one of the most widely known serial killers of our time. He can easily be considered the boogey man of society. Many people still to this day fear him and his past, yet now an old man in a prison cell, one may wonder what created such a monster. In learning about personality I thought that it would be interesting to apply some of the concepts that we have learned from the text and in class to a certain individual. I have no idea why in the end I chose Charles Manson. I think maybe it is because of his tragic life before the murders, a life that most people dont know abou ...
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  • Freud - 1,120 words
    In the following paper, the reader will grasp the idea of psychoanalysis with the history, as well as examples of Freuds own psychoanalytic work. Also, the examples of Freuds own technique of psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud's revolutionary ideas have set the standard for modern psychoanalysis in which students of psychology can learn from his ideas spread from the field of medicine to daily living. His studies in areas such as unconsciousness, dreams, sexuality, the Oedipus complex, and sexual maladjustments laid the foundation for future studies. In result, better understanding of the small things which shape our lives (Jung). Psycho-Analysis is the name of a procedure for the investigation o ...
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  • Freud - 1,111 words
    ... lops, it can distinguish that defecation is pleasurable, and must be controlled (Gay). Third is the phallic stage, which is the final stage of sexual development. Freud based it on the story of Oedipus Rex (Appignanesi). Oedipus Rex is a Greek story about a man killing his father and marrying his mother. When they learn that they cannot "possess" their mothers because their rivals are bigger and stronger, they fear that their fathers will punish them for feeling this way by castrating them (Gay). Boys get over the Oedipus Complex rather quickly. They seek a new love interest and identify with the father. Freud's ingenious development of the three stage way that children form their sexual ...
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  • Hamlet And Melancholia - 1,583 words
    William Shakespeare's Hamlet has always provided literary critics with a rich source for character analysis. This source has grown as critics no longer evaluate Hamlet as an artistic representation limited to the depth of which the author characterizes him but rather evaluate him as a living human being (Lowers 10). As the scrutiny on Hamlet the human being has intensified, many people have been called to wonder if Hamlet is insane. Before trying to answer this question, it should be considered that this is possibly the wrong question. "Insane" is a legal term, not a medical one. People often mistakenly assume that the word "insane" is interchangeable with the medical term "psychosis", which ...
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  • An Inquiry Into Hamlets Madness - 1,389 words
    In the event of examining the nature of Hamlet's madness,we will need to probe into Hamlet's state of mind at different periods and circumstances in the play. Hamlet can be seen to be and not to be mad by different people at different stages. From one perspective, Hamlet can be seen to be mad when Ophelia goes to her father and gives a description of Hamlet's disposition when he goes to see her, also when he goes to see his mother in her closet as can be seen in his tone of voice and his murder of Polonius and his lack of repentance for his death. also, his psychological trauma and emotional depression at the begining of the play may have plunged him into emotional insanity, and lastly his e ...
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  • Incest - 1,954 words
    Until very recently around early part of 1970's, the sexual assault of children within their families was rarely openly discussed until the emergence of the second wave of feminism. Incest has been variously defined. The definition that will be used here is a wide one, which includes sexual assault of a female child by a male member of her immediate family ( father or stepfather) or extended family (brother, grandfathers and uncles) and/or trusted family friends. These men are in generally in a relationship with the child which involves trust and respect to an authority on the side of child, and family, social and economic power on the side of the perpetrator. Children are vulnerable and dep ...
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  • Sigmund Freud - 1,504 words
    Sigmund Freud's revolutionary ideas have set the standard for modern psychoanalysis that students of psychology can learn from, and his ideas spread from the field of medicine to daily living. His studies in areas such as unconsciousness, dreams, sexuality, the Oedipus complex, and sexual maladjustments laid the foundation for future studies and a better understanding of the small things that shape our lives. In 1873 Freud graduated from the Sperl Gymnasium and, inspired by a public reading of an essay on nature by Goethe, Freud decided to turn to medicine as a career(Gay, 10). He worked at the University of Vienna with one of the leading physiologists of his day, Ernst von Brucke, and in 18 ...
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