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February 25 th , 2008 Humanities week 8 lecture 1 Did He Really Do It? I. Freud on Oedipus a. Oedipus and Us b. The Oedipal Complex i. Child’s sense of identity, advance with identification with same sex parent. ii. Male child attempts to adopt the father as a model, consequently imitates the child’s affection for the mother iii. “family romance” son and father are competing for the attention for the mother iv. Universal to humanity v. In the case of those that are normal, the hatred generated by the Oedipal complex is remained hidden in the superego. vi. The complementary hatred/love exhibited by Oedipus, “his fate might have been our own” c. Latent Desires i. All males want to do that even though it’s repressed ii. At some level, he did wish for this outcome. So he feels guilty iii. The savagery is the side effect so somewhere he feels guilty so he stabs his eyes out. iv. The audience is as much in the dark as Oedipus. On the surface, he wants to flee it. In order for the play to work its magic, it has to
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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hum lec20 - February 25th, 2008 Humanities week 8 lecture 1...

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