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The Presence of the Oedipus Complex in Paul Auster's City of Glass Throughout history literature has had several themes or ideas that have persisted though all of its different movements. One of these ideas is that of the Oedipus complex. The Story of Oedipus was originally written by Sophocles in the fifth century BC. Sigmund Freud conceived the actual idea of the "Oedipus Complex" as it pertains to society and modern literature. A definition Oedipus …

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…Auster's City of Glass you can assert many theories as to the cause of the actions of the characters. One theory that has a substantial amount of proof to support it is the Oedipus complex. As previously explained, the typical roles of son, mother figure, and father figure are filled by the characters in the story. An examination the novel reveals the Oedipus complex is a valid, provable explanation for the actions of the novel.