Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Word-association in Oedipus The King :: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex
Word-association in Oedipus The King Let us play a little game, shall we? We have all played this at one usher in our lives its the word-association game. Think red- you may think apple. Now think green- you may once again think apple. Wait a minute, how atomic number 50 that be? How atomic number 50 two words that are unrelated have the same picture in the mind of an individual? This is the basic idea of perception. Now let us apply this basic concept to the text of Oedipus Tyrannus. The main character, Oedipus, has lived his entire life with basic preconceived notion of his own existence. Sophocles manipulates the audiences perception of Oedipus through oral dramatic presentation. Lacan insists that dialogue is the place where a certain subject comes into being, or perhaps more properly, where the subject comes into being in a certain kind of representation (Lee 38) Jacques Lacan deals with the perception of individuals as well. However Lacans perceptions are those dealt wi th in the mind of his subjects. Let us introduce Oedipus, as the subject, to Lacan the psychoanalyst. Now that the two have met in our minds we can continue with the forum of one mans perception, Lacans, of another mans life, Oedipuss. Lacan has two complex theories. The first is the mirror theory. This theory deals with the internal world of the subject, and the phases of the conscious as well as the unconscious mind. The second is the inability to communicate ones desires adequately through the usage of oral communication- language. In both of these simplified concepts we will delve into the mind, and the actions of Oedipus the character. Let us first discuss the mirror stage, with application to Oedipus the man. Within the mirror stage there are five phases. The first of which is the fragmented body stage. While existing in this stage man is unaware of himself. In this dark, lost state man is unaware of his surroundings as well as himself as a being. Oedipus foregoing to the opening of the play lives his entire life in this fragmented state he is completely unaware of himself and his actions on his society. In this state Oedipus is caught up in the pomp of his title. The role of King carries an elevated perception of an idealized life (Lee 19). The next movement in the five phases is the spatial identity.