My Oedipus Complex

1091 WordsOct 8, 19995 Pages
The story "My Oedipus Complex" by Frank O'Connor 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 mother's undivided attention, and finds himself in a constant struggle to win back her affections. <br> <br>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 her hand and lavishing praise on…show more content…
Even though it wasn't hard enough to hurt, my brother let out another collection of obscene words, and so it continued. An hour later, when my mother returned home, they were still going at it, both of them being too stubborn to give up. Although I hadn't thought about it in years, this situation came back to me immediately when reading of the similar incident that occurred between Larry and his father (101). <br> <br>My mother reminded me a great deal of Larry's mother, as well. Throughout my brother's childhood she was oblivious to what everyone else saw - my brother was a suck-up. With a kiss and a single ‘I love you,' Brian could effectively get anything he wanted. He was also very good at making my mother feel guilty or sorry for him, just as Larry did with his. When Larry commented that " ... there stood Mother in her nightdress, looking as if her heart was broken between us. I hoped she felt as she looked. It seemed to me that she deserved it all," (101) I pictured my brother, trying to win my mother over to his side after a fight with Rodney. During their scuffles, she often stood there, looking worried and stricken, as if trying to decided whose side to take. Normally, as not to offend either of them, she'd retreat to her room until the argument was over. <br> <br>I believe the reason I enjoyed this story more so than the others is because of the experiences I brought to it. Had I never had a brother so much like Larry - one who
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