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MY OEDIPUS COMPLEX Life is hard youre just afraid of change is what the late great Shannon Hunh of Blind Melon wrote and it is just how Larry feels in Frank OConnors My Oedipus Complex In this short story Larry a five year old boy obsessed with his mother suddenly sees a drastic change in his life when his father returns home from war The tension between father and son grow until yet another change ironically brings them closer together As a result of his Fathers return Larry shows signs of jealousy immaturity and plain rudeness When the reader hears the story through Larrys perspective there is definitely a connection and understanding of what is going on The reader feels sympathy amusement and gratification Change comes to hurt Larry at the beginning but another change helps him and his father more than he knows As the story is told by Larry it is easily seen that he has no idea of what or who a Father is supposed to do He becomes jealous of this stranger who suddenly steals his Mothers love and attention away from him Larry is used to seeing this man in a Santa suit but on the day of his return he changes into a blue suit Mother seems happier than ever but Larrys feelings are mixed I saw nothing to be pleased about because out of uniform Father was altogether less interesting but she only beamed and explained that our prayers had been answered 436 Larry does not quite understand what this means He does not know what he is in for As a result of his immaturity Larry begins to compete as only a five-year-old would know how Larry tries competing for Mothers love and attention with Fathers newspapers I was prepared to compete with him anytime for Mothers attention but when he had it all made up for him by other people it left me no chance
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