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My Oedipus Complex


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A short presentation aboutFrank O'connor and one of his most well-known works: My Oedipus Complex.

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My Oedipus Complex

  3. 3. FRANK O’CONNOR Frank O'Connor (born Michael Francis O'Donovan; 17 September 1903 – 10 March 1966) was an Irish writer of over 150 works, best known for his short stories and memoirs. The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is named in his honour.
  4. 4. Frank O'Connor was raised in an extremely chaotic environment in which his only refuge was his mother, Minnie. While his father was an addicted drunkard who could not refrain from exceeding all credit limits, O'Connor's mother took full responsibility of the household and supported the family single-handedly. In addition, O'Connor's father berated him with derogatory comments toward his masculinity. His father found it outlandish that instead of wrestling, Frank preferred to read. As a result, O'Connor's writing is scarred with the stains of his tumultuous childhood. In 1914, he attended St. Patrick's National School under tutelage of Corkery. In 1918, he joined the First Brigade of the Irish Republican Army in its resistance to British rule. He was imprisoned in the Gormanstown camp between 1922 and 1923. His wartime experiences factored into his decision to publish "The Big Fellow," a biography of an Irish Independence leader. Frank O’Connor’s mother, Minnie.
  5. 5. Following the war, the polyglot O'Connor took various positions, including that of an Irish teacher and librarian. In 1931, Mr. O'Donovan switched over completely to Frank O'Connor, and went from a businessmen to a full time writer. In 1937, he made his first broadcast on Radio Eireann. In the same year, he was made Managing Director of the Abbey. O'Connor was married twice – to Evelyn Bowen (1938 – (1948) 1952) and Harriet Rich (1953) – and fathered four children. He suffered a stroke while teaching at Stanford in 1961, and thus returned to Ireland. In 1962, he was awarded the D. Litt. from Trinity College, Dublin. Frank O'Connor, or Michael O'Donovan at birth, died on March 10, 1966, in Dublin. He was buried in Dean's Grange Cemetery on March 12.O’Connor and his daughter Liadain O’Donovan on O’Connell Street, Dublin
  6. 6. O’Connor’s children: Back L-R, Myles, Owen. Front: Baby - David Garbary (half- brother to Myles, Liadain and Owen), Liadain, Oliver
  7. 7. PUBLICATION Short story collection: • Guests of the Nation (1931), including the famous title story. • Bones of Contention (1936), including the story "The Majesty of Law", a short story adapted as an episode of the 1957 film The Rising of the Moon. • Crab Apple Jelly (1944) • The Common Chord 1947) • Traveller's Samples (1951), including the classic story "First Confession". • The Stories of Frank O'Connor (1952), including the first publication of perhaps his most popular story "My Oedipus Complex". • More Stories by Frank O'Connor (1954) • Domestic Relations (1957) • A Set of Variations (1969) • The Cornet Player Who Betrayed Ireland (1981) • The Collected Stories(Edited by Richard Ellmann) (1981) • The Collar: Stories of Irish Priests (1993) • A Frank O'Connor Reader (1994)
  8. 8. PUBLICATION Novels • The Saint and Mary Kate (1932) • Dutch Interior (1940) Autobiography • An Only Child (1961) • My Father's Son (1968) Poetry from the Irish • The Wild Bird's Nest (1932) • Lament for Art O'Leary (1940) • The Midnight Court (1945) • Kings, Lords, and Commons (1959) • The Little Monasteries (1963) Irish history • The Big Fellow, biography of Michael Collins (1937) Travel writing • Irish Miles (1947) • Leinster, Munster and Connaught (1950) Criticism • The Road to Stratford, US Title: Shakespeare's Progress (196l) • The Mirror in the Roadway: A Study of the Modern Novel (1956) • The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story (1962) • The Backward Look: A Survey of Irish Literature (1967)
  10. 10. A – OEPIDUS COMPLEX: The term Oedipus complex (or, less commonly, Oedipal complex) explains the emotions and ideas that the mind keeps in the unconscious, via dynamic repression, that concentrates upon a child's desire to have sexual relations with the parent of the opposite sex (i.e. males attracted to their mothers, and females attracted to their fathers). This is named after the mythical Greek King Oedipus who killed his father and married his mother.
  11. 11. B – SUMMARY: There was a family, consist of father who was in the army all through the war (the first war), mother who was a ordinary simply housewife, and Larry, the single child. Larry was a young boy who needs much attention and someone to hold on. Firstly, his mother cared him so much. There was only Larry and his mother in the house. But when his father came home from The First War, everything was changed. He felt that love that her mother gave was not as same as before. She prepared all the things his father needed well. It was difficult to get his mother’s attention. It began complicated when he interrupted his parents’ conversation and disturbed his father. He had heard ominous words. Even, Larry and his father became enemies. The feeling of jealosy was getting complex and Larry said that he was going to marry his mother when he grew up to put his mother stay away from his father. It was not the only problem, other calamity came, Sonny, Larry’s brother, arrived. Larry disliked him because her mother took excessive attention care of the new baby. He did not have anyone to care at him. One night, there was someone beside Larry. He thought it must be his mother, but it was wrong. He heard Sonny in convulsions in the next room and his mother’s voice. It was his father. He came and accompanied Larry. In the end, the relationship between Larry and his father was better than before. Christmast day came, Larry got a nice model railway from his Santa Claus, father.
  12. 12. C – CHARACTERS:  Larry (pratogonist): We can know his thoughts and feelings. There are changes in his life along with the father's arrival and the baby's birth. He is about five. He is fond of his mother. He has deeply strange feelings towards his mother. He goes her mother's bed every morning. She speaks with him and he is very happy. But after his father arrival, he is unhappy because her mother begins to care about her husband. He is jealous of his father. In addition, the arrival of the baby irritates Larry.  Larry’s father: He joins the World War I. During the war, Larry often associates his father to Santa Claus because his father is a mysterious character who comes and goes unnoticed. In addition, Larry's father sometime bears interesting gifts such as German uniforms, weapons, artifacts from the war. But after the war and his father returned to their house, Larry find his father no longer the Santa Claus he thought him to be - but a stranger who steals all the attention of his mother.  Larry’s mother: a strong willed, passive and caring woman. She plays the active role in raising Larry. She knows him best. She listens to him and she plays along in his imaginary world. She answess his questions and she never physically hurts him. When Larry’s father returns from the war, her attention is significantly shifted to her husband, which makes Larry irritable. However, after the birth of her youngest son Sonny, she dotes on her baby most of the time.  Larry’s younger brother Sonny
  13. 13. D – SETTING Time: During and after the WWI (early 1900s) Place: In an Irish countryside
  14. 14. E – THEMES: The changing dynamics within family relationships is the theme of “My Oedipus Complex”. The short story looks at the close relationship that develops between Larry and his mother while his father is away for wartime military service. It continues with the Larry’s having to learn to share his mother's attention with the return of his father from the war and with the birth of a baby brother. The relationships are viewed in terms of the necessary change in influence over normal male development from that of the mother in childhood to that of the father in adolescence.
  15. 15. F – POINT OF VIEW: First person POV – the narrator is Larry a five years old boy. The readers can know what Larry is thinking and feeling.
  16. 16. G – CONFLICTS: Internal conflict of Larry: He is in conflict with himself. According to Larry, his life is happier when it is just himself and his mother. He enjoys things like tea time, storing out the attic window and chatting his mother. Although Larry seems happy, he does not really have the opportunity to play with other children his peers. Because he does not have any friend, Larry calls his feet "Mrs. Left and Mrs. Right" and plays with them to cope with his problems and boredom. Although he is a little child, he behaves like his father to attract his mother for example he reads newspaper and smokes like his father. Familial conflict: Larry and his father: Larry and his father have created a “battle” over jealousy for Larry’s mother’s attention. Her love was desired by both male characters and they both wanted her to be their sole caretaker. Larry, his father and his younger brother: After Sonny’s birth, Larry’s mother spends most of her time as well as attention to the youngest family member. This irritates both Larry and his father.
  17. 17. H – TECHNIQUE: IMAGERY Example:  “like going for a walk with a mountain”. This is referring to Larry’s father. It gives the impression that unlike his mother, his father is solidly immovable. It also gives a sense of height compared to the little boy, as his father must seem much taller than he is from his perspective.  “feeling like a bottle of champagne”. This gives the image of fizzling and bubbles and celebration. This means that the boy is very happy and energetic at this moment, but also that maybe his mood with fizzle out and he’ll run out of “bubbles” as he does later in the scene.
  18. 18. H – TECHNIQUE: IRONY  Although Larry always prays God to bring father safely home, he is upset after his father's arrival. He thinks that his mother does not care about him as in the past. That's why he wants that new war breaks out and he wants his father to go war.  Because of the arrival of baby, interaction between the whole family changes. Firstly, Larry is jealous of his father then he is also jealous of new baby. In the morning Larry's father begins to go to Larry's bed because the mother only cares about the baby. Larry comes to sympathize with his father instead.