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The Oedipal Conflict Oedipus Rex is the story of a childhood dream gone terribly wrong Sophocles was a great playwright who used human tragedy to the fullest His Oedipus Rex one of the Theban plays was a demonstration of what can happen to anyone whether of greatness or not Every son has an infatuation with his mother and swears that they will marry her The difference with the every normal person and Oedipus is normal people arent sick enough to follow through with the infatuation to this extreme This play is one about a very disturbed man who stresses from his discoveries of who he is and why he is This part of the plays dramatic irony makes it very interesting as well as in a way disgusting The fact of the passion for his motherwife Jocasta is important because it helps with the explanation of Aristotles five points of tragedy These three things are relevant throughout the play and have prime examples and are proven as well The Oedipal conflict as described in Sigmund Freuds interpretation of Oedipus Rex is a conflict which arises in every young boy the love or in some cases infatuation with his mother It is the fate of all of us perhaps to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred and our first murderous wish against our father Oedipus Rex by Sigmund Freud Pg103 This is usually done because the mother is loved to the point of being the only one in the world with any meaning in life shes the first one truly seen Without a mother there is no existence there is mother earth which even today people try to protect there is also father sky but he is not protected nearly as much as mother earth Throughout the play Oedipus protects his wife and looks to her for assistance
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