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My Oedipus Complex is the story of a young boy named Larry who is forced to confront issues of jealousy and confusion Larry is forced to confront these issues when his father who he does not know that well comes home from the war The Oedipus Complex is a term coined by Sigmund Freud in which a male develops an excessive love for his mother usually accompanied by a hatred for his father This is extremely evident throughout the story In the beginning the young boy displays signs of excitement and satisfaction when his father arrives unexpectedly on his visits from the war His pleasant musty smell and Santa Claus entrances and exits interest him As long as his daily routines with his mother are uninterrupted he remains in a state of happiness Larry lacked friends his age because the only person he spent time with was his mother As a result he creates Mrs Left and Mrs Right to discuss his problems and to fight boredom with The day his father came home from the war everything changed for Larry He finds his father altogether less interesting when he arrives home His father is not wearing his uniform and does not have any souvenirs from the war At this point in the story the reader can actually understand why the story is called My Oedipus Complex Larry begins to show signs of a severe case of the complex It is at this point where the competition for attention begins This is the first time in his life without having the full attention of his mother and for the first time in his life he feels neglected Larry does not know that his mother has to share her love and affection between him and his father He also does not realize that his father is having a hard time right now finding a job to support the family Larry develops a hatred for his father
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