This discovery [of the Oedipus
complex] is confirmed by a legend that has come down to us from classical antiquity," Freud avers.
Despite her undoubted wiles, the story has a happy ending: Oedipus
correctly answers the riddle and the Sphinx throws herself off a cliff in despair.
This is because the cases reported to date have come from a wide range of cultures, including China and Japan, and none described events remotely similar to Oedipus
Rex, apart from the undeniable literary and historic value, also presents significant medical interest because the play mentions a plague, an epidemic, which was devastating Thebes, the town of Oedipus
He had to die alone, as the knowledge he had just reached was any moment to be followed by blindness, his eyes will extinguish, just as, immediately following his knowing, Oedipus
extinguished his own eyes.
As an analyst, Freud identifies with Oedipus
, Brutus, Hamlet--while Ray tries to dissociate himself from this identification and underlines those elements in the text which problematize the protagonist's autonomy, those "forces which threaten the self-presence that Freud is led to assign to the primal, parricidal text" (55).
As tends to happen in such rigorously themed studies, Buchanan presses the possible relevance of his major motifs to the limit; Oedipus
keeps limping into sites strangely far removed from Thebes or Colonus.
To illustrate the depraved depth of the tyrant's erotic abnormality--and the unfathomable extent of his misery--Plato invokes, appropriates, and transforms Sophocles' three-play "Theban" cycle: Antigone, Oedipus
Tyrannus, and Oedipus
the images on which, at the very end, the camera focuses are the same as those on which it focuses at the very beginning: a jewel of nature that, as in the cradle, held the infant Oedipus
, and likewise holds him at the end of his life.
He is also known for the two sequels of this play, Oedipus
at Colonus and Antigone.
Following a summary of the structure of Oedipus
Aegyptiacus (essentially, German translations of the titles and subheadings of the work's many divisions), the introduction comprises a concise overview of Kircher's life and works and descriptions of the book's main sections.
If one reason for writing this is to satiate the immense but miserable Islamist desire to tackle their inferiority and Oedipus
complexes over Western hegemony, another is related to the forthcoming elections in Turkey.