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In the short story My Oedipus Complex Frank OConnor writes of a young child who is forced to deal with issues of confusion and jealousy through a first person point of view Through OConnors elements of facetiousness and truth he explains how such issues create a sort of ironic domins effect and in this case can actually bring people closer together In the beginning the young boy displays signs of excitement and contentment when his father arrives unexpectedly on his visits from the war His pleasant musty smell and Santa Claus entrances and exits intrigue him As long as his daily routines are uninterrupted he remains in a state of appeasement The juvinile knows nothing of the problems the mother and father are facing He is confined to a world all his own If the point of view were changed in such a situation then the father may tell of how naive and innocentthe child is or how oblivios he is to what a horrible condition they are faced with The plot would change drastically If the point of view were changed to the third person objective or dramatic point of view then the readers would assume their own emotion which would absolutely change the tone of this short story Other elements such as theme could also be altered if this was seen in third person The childs feeling of hostility toward his father could only be seen through this example first person point of view
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