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For this paper I have decided to include information about both readings we have covered We read William Shakespeares 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 childs unconscious desire for the exclusive love of the parent of the opposite sex This desire includes jealousy toward the parent of the same sex and the unconscious wish for that parents death Oedipus Complex Freud talks of the complex in boys and how this leads to attachment to the mother In most cases it is explained using a boy for the example It is also explained for females as a related complex known as Electra Myers 464-65 and in Clark 168 The child starts off as an infant being fed by the mothers breast or even by bottle but either way the mother assumes the role of nourishing the child She also cares for the childs body so much that in early life the child doesnt even realize that they are or should be separate With this Freud says it arouses in it a number of other physical sensations pleasurable and unpleasurable By her care of the childs body she becomes its first seducer The mother has now established her importance to the child and is its first love object The further development of a child positive or negative can depend highly on how the parent and child interact after this point The most commonly used example
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