Study Notes for Final Exam (Literary terms and Theories

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  1. Oedipus Complex:
    Sigmund Freud's theory that a male child feels unconscious jealous toward his father and lust for his mother. The name comes from Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, in which the main character unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother.
  2. Kafkaesque:
    Pertaining to the characteristic of someone/something that resembles the literary character in Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka: the Kafkaesque terror of the endless interrogations. Also a characteristic marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
  3. Quixotic:
    An adjective describing a person who is extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical; one who is preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic. Quixotic is derived from the main character in Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes.
  4. Tilting at Windmills:
    An act that is courageous but foolish or is based on an incomplete understanding of the situation
  5. Faustian Spirit:
    The restless striving or knowledge and power-prideful.
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Study Notes for Final Exam (Literary terms and Theories
2014-05-03 14:24:52
english 9
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