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Psychoanalysis And Psychoanalysis Of Oedipus Rex

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It is in great storytelling that men begin to question the merits behind humanity and perhaps even the existence of life itself. With great storytelling comes, inevitably, great tragedy; tragedy that spikes a sense of dread into every living man as if he’s been blind all along, and to a great degree feels even more blind after having questioned such things. One story to lose oneself in, via deep question, is that of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Of the 120 or more plays by Sophocles, even though history only retains seven of them, the story of Oedipus is one that was and continues to be of great investigation. Although the reasoning behind this may always be up for debate, it is worthy to note the two main perspectives of how to analyze Oedipus Rex; through psychoanalysis and through the viewpoint of tragic heroes. Sigmund Freud is the man of whom created the perspective of psychoanalytic criticism; a great and yet confusing way to analyze people and their actions. In the story of Oedipus Rex, many believe that Oedipus himself is to blame for the tragedy as he is the one who had the Oedipal Complex, a concept by Freud. However, an Oedipal Complex, which is simply where a child desires to be with his mother and threatens his father as to obtain such a thought, is not even showcased in the plot. Even though the Oedipal Complex is named after Oedipus himself, it doesn’t mean a single thing in regards to the actions of Oedipus in the story. Oedipus intentionally tried to run away
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