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Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

  

by Sophocles

Current Events & Pop Culture

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Oedipus Complex

Much has been written about Freud’s concept of the Oedipus complex. But does the character himself actually have this condition? This NY Times article explores this idea as well as other theories that draw on the Oedipus myth.


Excerpt

"We cannot begin to appreciate the meaning of Oedipus if we continue to think that Oedipus was oedipal." This statement by the philosopher Jonathan Lear captures the rebellious aim of Oedipus' newest analysts: they want Oedipus to lose his complex.