Monday, March 05, 2007

Freud provides a kind of escapism by using Oedipus as a word to describe his theory about male children wanting to connect sexually with their mothers and kill their fathers.

Oedipus the King, the play, is about a person with power who knows his is good. He knows he is smart. He assumes everyone else knows he is good and smart, although people with power often don't get full feedback on what people in general think of him

Oedipus's tiny kingdon is in trouble--sick people, sick crops, no children being born.

He starts the play by saying when he find out what is causing this he'll fix it. Which, he implies, will not be a big problem because he's good and smart.

He consults experts and find out what is wrong is him. He has already cursed the person causing all the problems to live out his life in misery. That works. He doesn't live out his life in misery, and not as king.

Oedipus the King can be read as being in large part about smart, self-confident people with power.

The world is so big and so complex, who can be smart? Who can be powerful?

It is easier to associate the name Oedipus with the unconscious motives of very young people rather than the conscious self-confidence of the well-meaning and powerful.