Tuesday, August 19, 2014
So our discussion about the Moses allusion in Unbearable Lightness today got me thinking about Freud (still mad...) and specifically about the Oedipus complex. Tereza and Tomas definitely do not have a typical romantic relationship or a father-daughter relationship. So what is it? I did a little research on the Oedipus complex, or the Electra complex as it is called in young females, and found that the complex is largely driven by a psychological drive in a young female to compete with her mother for her father's affection. While Tereza's father is never discussed, her feelings toward her mother could be seen as competitive if Tereza's mother represents lightness. If we make Tomas the "father" figure, Tereza feels that she must compete with the lightness (i.e. her mother) in order to keep Tomas' love. This may seem like a stretch, but Kundera's reference to Oedipus later in the book (p. 175) convinced me that there is some connection. Thoughts?