Killing Lizards - Essay

Topics: Sigmund Freud, KILL, Family Pages: 3 (1229 words) Published: November 16, 2011
Killing Lizards

The phase when you pass from being a child to become an adolescent are is full of conflicts, many of which are connected with the relationship to the parents. Pre-teenage children seldom doubt their parents are almighty and all-good. Therefore they have a tendency to love them, or rather love the parent of the opposite sex and wants to get rid of the parent of the same sex . The short story follows a twelve-year-old boy named Gavin, who is about to go through such a phase. He reaches puberty and finds out about his mother’s infidelity, while he is out killing lizards with his friends. Gavin suffers from the so-called Oedipus complex. In a few words, the Oedipus complex is a mental stage in life, which is based on the Greek myth about Oedipus, who kills his father and marries his mother. Gavin wants his mother to himself, and he knows that his father is in the way – he is stealing the attention from Gavin’s mother, and so is his sister. The Oedipus complex shows in the childhood, but will be repressed by age. (“It was a variation of the theme of his sister’s death, but this time it also included his father”.) This shows how eager Gavin is to get his mother to himself. Gavin’s family moved to Africa so the father could become a professor, instead of a lecturer. Gavin was just ten-years-old when they moved to Africa, and I doubt that Gavin at the time understood, how much it might have meant to his father – that he could be promoted. As I mentioned before, the dream about his sister’s death also includes his father, but only sometimes. (“Gavin’s father looked thoughtful. “What’s your mother doing?” he asked his son. Gavin replied sullenly, “She’s going to her play rehearsal or something. Drama, drama, you know”. “Today? Are you sure?” his father asked, seemingly surprised”.) This sentence shows how Gavin’s father does not seem to know, what Gavin’s mother is up to during the day, so maybe Gavin’s parents have slipped away from each other,...
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