My Oedipus Complex Analysis

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Throughout all time, a father always takes an important part in a family, especially with the development of children which is proven by many researches. From the time of conception, the father’s support is valuable for both the mother and the infant (Marks, 2002) and with the newborn, the father’s role is protecting the mother and child relationship (Winnicott 1960). The father also can offer both physical and emotional support like physically help with practical matters or emotionally assist the mother cope better with the frustrations of motherhood (Winnicott 1964). However, “My Oedipus Complex” written by an Irishman, Frank O’Connor and “A Shocking Accident” by Graham Greene, which are the remarkable highlight in the successful life-work…show more content…
Although the two writings narrate the story turning around father and son as well as describe the psychological development of the characters – particularly the boys lively, each one attracts readers with their own special in the techniques that the authors use to set the characters and meaningful…show more content…
Similar to Larry who grows up without his father, O’Connor’s father, Michael was drunk and debt ridden (Famous birthday, 2017) which means that he did not play an integral role in O’Connor’s life while growing up. Allen and Daly (2007) point out that economic support of the family is an indirect, but important way, fathers can contribute to their child’s development. Father’s earnings are positively associated with the educational accomplishment, psychological well-being of young adult sons and daughters even when mother’s incomes are controlled. Apparently, Michael ought to have taken the role as breadwinner but in O’Connor’s family his mother is the one who has to handle all responsibility and provides most of the family’s income. Furthermore, O’Connor’s father could not accept that fact that his son would rather stay at home and read than playfully fight with other boys on the street. Thus, Michael scolded his son with many derogative words describing O’Connor as a cissy and wimp toward his masculinity which then makes the author feel that he was not esteemed causing dreadful trauma (New World Encyclopedia, 2015). Consequently, O’Connor relied on his mother who looked after him as a place of appeasing. The relationship between O’Connor and his mother resembles with Larry’s attachment with his
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