What Are the Central Themes of "My Oedipus Complex"?


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The central themes of Frank O'Connor's short story entitled "My Oedipus Complex" are youth and relationships. These are dealt with in a humorous way by the author, who uses the story to explore the way in which a household dynamic is altered by the birth of a child.

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The story is told from the perspective of a son, whose problematic relationship with his parents is resolved when a new sibling is born and the father is figuratively removed from his role as head of the household.

"My Oedipus Complex" was published in a collection with the same title. Some other works in this collection that deal with the theme of youth include "Genius," "First Confession" and "First Love."

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