The Oedipus Complex ( Oedipus )

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It has been said by Karl Taro Greenfield that: “The harsh truth of every relationship, even between those who love each other, like fathers and sons and daughters, or husbands and wives, is that the love is always unequal”. When a child is little, everything their parents do is seen as perfect, a parent can do no wrong. As a child grows older, they start to see that their parents are in fact flawed and this can cause an inward conflict for the child. Psychology has done a lot of research about family relationships, especially the relationship between a mother and her son. Sigmund Freud himself came up with the Oedipus complex, which is when a boy has an attachment to the mother, which in turns results in aggressive and envious feelings toward the father and these feelings are largely repressed. The Oedipus complex comes from Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus but has largely been associated with Hamlet as well, since he and his mother Gertrude, have an extremely complicated relationship (Oedipus Complex). Hamlet is the predecessor of modern psychological thought because Freud came after Shakespeare. In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude is complicated, and it is hard to know the truth because of Hamlet’s emotional state along with his Oedipus complex, Gertrude’s possible involvement with her husband’s murder, and her relationship with Claudius. Although their relationship is still complicated, towards the end of the play it starts
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