The Subconscious And Unconscious Mind : Oedipus Rex Essay

1518 Words Jan 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Sigmund Freud and Sophocles were two intellectuals who dealt with vastly different issues. Freud was the first psychoanalyst, pioneering the subconscious and unconscious mind, while Sophocles was an ancient Greek playwright and tragedian. Living many centuries apart, Freud and Sophocles happened to connect intellectually on one point, this point being the scenario presented in Sopohcles’ Oedipus Rex. Freud was interested in psychosexual development and theorized that, in accordance with his theories of the Id, Ego, and Superego, children would naturally develop a sexual attraction to their mother and want to murder or remove their father, a scenario vaguely similar to the situation presented in Oedipus Rex, where a king unwittingly kills his father, claims the throne, and bears children with his mother. While Freud was clever to connect his theory to such a well-known classic, he was clearly making the connection not to say that Oedipus’ actions represented the complex, but rather to give an accessible example of the actions associated with the complex. Oedipus completely unwittingly fulfilled the complex, first of all. Thus, not even his subconscious would have known, invalidating the connection entirely. Too, his subconscious would have long-since outgrown the Oedipus Complex. Overall, while Freud made an interesting connection to Sophocles’ work, it was by no means a literal connection. An important factor of connecting Oedipus Rex to Freud’s theories of psychosexuality…

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