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According to Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary the phrase Oedipus complex is defined as the positive libidinal feelings that a child develops toward the parent of the opposite sex and that when unresolved are conceived as a source of adult personality disorder The title of this story is said to have received its name based on two things - primarily on the Greek Oedipus who was a renowned character in Greek mythology Secondly it is based on the bizarre and interesting theory of Oedipus complex established by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud This title also relates to past experiences familiar to OConnor himself Often times authors associate their ideas and narratives with certain situations and experiences they have encountered in their lifetimes Frank OConnor is certainly one of those authors This strategy helps to shape characters and enhance plot therefore creating a theme that captures the readers attention In the short story My Oedipus Complex O Connor uses the character Larry to represent his experiences as a young boy and relay the main theme and storys title to the reader Frank O Connor was born as Michael ODonovan in Cork Ireland in 1903 His family was poor and consistently faced problems with exceeding their credit limit OConnors father Michael was a cruel drunk who mistreated OConnors mother Minnie Michael could not stand the fact that OConnor would rather sit at home and read a book instead of playfully fight with the boys on the street As a result Michael criticized his son calling him a sissy and wimp These degrading comments weakened OConnors self esteem which often led him to seek comfort from his mother Eventually OConnor became a stereotypical mammas boy and began to idolize his mother Throughout his life OConnor struggled through many tough times always arguing with his father This theme of father-son rivalry also appears in My Oedipus Complex As the reader becomes familiar with the character of Larry one soon discovers the
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