Acceptable Tabboos

The literary works of Sophocles, Antigone, and Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, utilize the concept of the taboo in a way that brings the usually undiscussed subject to light consequently making the formerly taboo subject into the new focal point of the discussion all together removing the taboo label on the topic completely. While Freud focuses on the taboos relating to one's sexuality, Sophocles chooses to make death his work's main taboo. With both works making their respective taboos an abundant part of their overall theme it effectively removes stereotype that sexuality and death have been given. 

Pleasing the dead has become what Antigone's main focus. With both of her brothers slain and the rest of her family now unwilling to help their passage into the underworld she is the only one left to take action. "I have longer to please the dead than please the living here; in the kingdom down below I'll lie forever" Antigone acknowledges her fate if she were to bury her brother and fully accepts the consequences.
Antigone knows the cultural stigma around religion and how it is extremely unconventional, and unadvisable, to not worship the Gods properly. "How sweet to die in such employ...scorn, if tho wilt, the eternal laws of Heaven." (Sophocles 69-76) Here she chooses to places importance on the actions she takes in her life versus what her society says her action should be.
Again the taboo of refusing to follow the all appointed leader is brought to light. Be it the King that his people disagree with or the God that threw his disobedient angels out of Heaven.
The act of sleep is a choice, just like it was for both Antigone and Haemon who took their own lives. "For death who puts to sleep both young and old hales my young life" (806-807)
Antigone repeatedly romanticizes taking her own life. When she says "Tis death I wed" (813) she is relating it to a socially acceptable and aspired to custom which drastically differs from the social stigmas that accompany taking one's own life.
Freud creates his own taboos, most iconically on women and sexuality telling his audience that "Of course, the sexual is the indecent, which we must not talk about" (20)
"Human being whose sexual life deviates strikingly from the average" (20) is the definition given to those that Freud deems "perverts." (20) This is not something that one can see right away and since it deviates from the norm so severely it is something that is concealed by those that is applies too.
The acts that Freud chooses to call perversions are taboo because despite all knowing they are an aspect of reality they are not readily and easily discussed, unless of course in a setting similar to Freud. Freud places a social stigma on his "perversions" by saying that"They will understand all to well the wisdom of preserving silence on the subject" (20) They being members of society.
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