Rocking Horse Winner Criticism

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Freud’s Theory of Psychoanalysis Applied on ‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’: Lawrence used Hawthorne’s puritan theme of evil and damnation in his short story, “The Rocking -Horse Winner” applying Freud’s psychoanalytic framework. Oedipus complex was introduced in Greek mythological character, Oedipus, who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother, regardless to describe Freud’s experimental research and self -analysis as the basis for the term. As per Freud, Oedipus complex appeared during as he referred to as the “phallic stage” of development Paul’s Oedipus complex. At this ‘phallic stage’, one may recognize him or herself sexual being while analyzing the physical deference between man and woman, and by diverting the energy between a child and parents. In Lawrence’s “The Rocking -Horse Winner,” Oedipus complex caused Paul agonizing to be with the mother sexually. That is the reason; he placed his mother long-lost object of desire as “luck”, to please his repressed fixation. Paul’s oedipal obsession headed him to do everything to gain gratification and mother sexually, and further to make his mother glade emotionally. Consequent upon, he put bets on derby competition. In …show more content…

Freud thought that the Oedipus complex appeared during what he referred to as the “phallic stage” of development, the third of the five stages of a child's psychosexual development that Freud recognized, which occurred when a child came up between the ages of three and six. During this pivotal stage of a child's psychosexual development, Freud theorized that the child's genitals served as his or her primary source of pleasure, thus it is during this stage that a child begins to become sexual and recognize him or herself as a sexual being. (cf. Bressler,

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