Obsession In Freud and Sophocles 

Fixation and obsession are age old ideas which affect society in many different ways.  In the texts "Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis" by Sigmund Freud and "Antigone" by Sophocles, the theme of obsession is prevalent.  Freud discusses the idea of obsession as a conscious action of a subconsious desire or trauma.  In Sophocles's, "Antigone," obsession is the driving force behind Antigone's actions against Creon's laws.  The theme of obsession in both works shows the idea of obsessive actions as a large factor in life.  The paintings in this gallery reflect the idea of obsession in everyday life through the various examples which relate to the texts by Freud and Sophocles.  

Boc Su Jung links the idea of obsession and social mortality in his painting (Critic's Note). Freud's idea about obsessions is similar; he describes obsessions as a substitute for sexual desires because of the societal restrictions about sex (Freud 344).
"Addiction-Woman" is a representation of the negative effects of the addictive nature of relationships (Description). In "Antigone," Antigone becomes addicted to the idea of burying her brother and thus, disobeying her uncle. Her obsession leads her to openly admit to breaking the law so that she will be punished for it (Sophocles lin 352).
Antigone want to die so as to go against Creon, who is symbolic of her obsessive struggle with pleasing the gods (Sophocles lin 705). This painting shows the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, who, like Antigone, was killed by the Romans because of his religion (Description).
Li uses symbolism in the painting to represent the realization of the subconscious by the conscious mind through obsession in her figures (Critic's Note). Freud's ideas about obsession directly relate: "[Obsessional ideas] would not have become symptoms if they had not forced their way into consciousness" (Freud 345).
The characters in this painting represent a "protest to complacency" in an "escape-obsessed image" (Critic's Note). Similarly, in "Antigone," Antigone is obsessed with not following Creon's laws so that she can please the gods. Her final protest to Creon is her final escape - death (Sophocles lin 959-960).
This painting represent's Frida Kahlo's "obsession with fertility" (Description). Kahlo was in a car accident that led to her infertility, thus giving her a reason to be fixated on the idea of fertility (Pinto 297). This relates to Freud's idea that all obsessions relate back to the past and traumatic events (Freud 339).
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