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Psicologia Clínica

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VELAZQUEZ, Carlos  and  CAMPOS, Marilia Romero. The city of men: tragedy of a oedipus suspended. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2018, vol.30, n.1, pp. 81-93. ISSN 0103-5665.

At birth, human being faces his helplessness as the definitive mark of his condition, unlike other animals that are born somehow capable of facing the nature's obstacles. Every human being is affected by the fragility of the human body and the variety of difficulties imposed not only by the environment, but also by the relationships each person needs to create with others. For this reason, humankind needs an external non-biological bag, but cultural bag. This necessity makes the man to seek shelter and organize himself in favor of an ecosystem of his own: culture. Modern metropolis is the culture's specific environment and it has developed as a shield to humankind in opposition to its natural hostility. However, it becomes violent and oppressive. Inferring above the Jungian paradigm substratum and before an interdisciplinary literary body, the hypothesis that the city, as a symbol of maternal shelter, it protects Modern Culture as a child who borrowed his father's creative power. Despite that, the child did not redirect the power in his own adaptation to the environment. Therefore, we conclude this oedipal suspension has imprinted in modern culture a childish condition, unsustainable both internally and in the environment.

Keywords : Oedipus complex; elder woman; father; metropolis.

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