-Z- (Z@Gundam.Com)
Mon, 06 Dec 1999 19:33:10 -0800


At 07:11 12/6/1999 -0500, you wrote:
> Oedipus... Oedipus... hmm... is he the hero of the epic Odessey? What
>exactly is the "Oedipus complex"?

In psychoanalysis, a subconscious sexual desire in a child, especially a
male child, for the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by
hostility to the parent of the same sex. If unresolved naturally, this
complex may result in neurosis and an inability to form normal sexual
relationships in adulthood.

In Greek mythology, Oedipus was the son of King Laius and Jocasta who was
abandoned at birth because of a prophecy that he cause the death of
King. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because Oedipus, rescued and
raised by foreigners, return to the kingdom as an adult and unwittingly
killed his father following an argument when they met as strangers in the
road. He later met, fell in love with and then married his mother, neither
being aware of the relationship or the fact that he'd killed his father.

The story was first enacted as a play by the Athenian dramatist
Sophocles. Only two of Sophocles' seven surviving plays can be dated
accurately, Philoctetes, dated from 409 BC and Oedipus At Colonos, produced
posthumously in 401 BC, both of which win prizes. The remaining five plays
are Ajax, probably written in the period 451444 BC, Antigone and
Trachiniae, which are dated after 441 BC, and Electra and Oedipus Tyrannus,
probably written in the period 430415 BC.

Electra, also enacted by Sophocles after who knows how many years as myth,
is the opposite of Oedipus. She was a daughter of Clytemnestra and King
Agamemnon who, with her brother Orestes, avenged the murder of Agamemnon by
killing their mother and her lover, Aegisthus. In psychoanalysis, the
Electra Complex is a daughter's unconscious libidinal desire for her father.

This should not be confused with the Lolita Complex (or Lori-Con as it's
now abbreviated in Japanese), which is the desire for (or inability to
resist the allure of) underage girls. This term derives from the seductive
and eponymous heroine of Vladimir Nabokov's novel, which was published in
France in 1955 but banned in Boston for obscenity until 1958. A film
version of Lolita, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring James Mason,
Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, and Peter Sellers, was released only four years
later in 1962 and popularized red plastic heart-shaped sunglasses.

This leads into the Veilchen Complex, which is the desire for or inability
to resist the allure of *drawings* of underage girls.... (^_^);

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