My Oedipus Complex essays
The appreciation of Frank O'Connor's work is continually undercut by his subjects personal feelings (James Matthews 1983).This is clearly seen in his short story "My Oedipus Complex".Frank O'Connor wrote 150 short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and two autobiographies.Frank O'Connor was born in Cork City September 17, 1903.He did several literary criticisms and translations from Irish but is best known for his short stories.In his autobiography "An Only Child" he describes his father Mick O'Donovan as an abusive drunkard. His mother Minnie he writes of being saintly and strong in her ability to support the family.As a child he read voraciously deepening his love for Irish Culture, causes, and political independence.Realizing the importance of education he taught himself French and German but always considered Ireland his homeland.He fought in the 1921-22 civil war on the side of the Republicans.In 1937 he published a biography of Michael Collins, al leader of the Free State in the civil war.His work has been published in Sicily, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Japan, France, and Germany.He taught in the United States at Northwestern, Stanford, and Harvard, and in Ireland a Trinity College Dublin, where he was awarded a D. Litt in 1962.He passed away at his home in Dublin on March 10th, 1966.Yeats said "he did for Ireland what Chekhov did for Russia".
The character "Oedipus" is portrayed in Frank O'Connor's story "My Oedipus Complex" by the young boy Larry.Larry grew up with just his mother while his father was away at war.He spent many hours with his mother; she was his closest friend.Out of loneliness and boredom he created Mrs. Left and Mrs. Right and would spend hours starring out his window watching the world outside.His loneliness is expressed also in co