Where Three Roads Meet by Sally Vickers | Collected Miscellany
The story of Where Three Road Meet begin with the Thebans oracle meeting with Oedipus. But this is a different account of what happened. badz.info: Where three roads meet (): Salley Vickers: Books. Synopsis. It is and Sigmund Freud, suffering from the debilitating Former psychoanalyst and acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers revisits a crime . that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother (who, he thought. Salley Vickers recommends the best Psychological Novels . Freud plays a significant role in your novel, Where Three Roads Meet (). plainly it is about family dynamics but it also concerns a family murder. As one of my characters almost says—another classical allusion—'Cry woe, woe, but let the good prevail'.
He is rescued and grows up as the son of a king at a foreign court until, unsure of his origins, he consults the oracle himself and is advised to avoid going home since he is destined to become the murderer of his father and husband to his mother.
On the way from what he thinks of as home, he encounters King Laius and kills him in a fight that erupts swiftly.
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He rules for many years in peace and honour andtogether with the women he does not know to be his mother, has two sons and two daughters — until a plague breaks out, occasioning a fresh consultation of the oracle, this time by the Thebans. Shattered by his unwittingly performed atrocity, Oedipus blinds himself and abandons his homeland.
The words of the oracle are fulfilled. The tale of King Oedipus is perhaps the most unsettling for me, for two reasons. One, due to the horror of patricide and the incestuous affair. Second, perhaps why his fate grips us is because it might also have been our own.
From our first sexual stirring at our mother, our first hatred and violent wish at our father; our dreams persuade us of that, and Oedipus tragedy is simply the wish-fulfillment of our childhood years.
The point where a road divides and one arm strikes northwest in a steep defile towards Delphi, while the other skirts the foot of Parnassus and winds eastward towards the fertile plains of Daulis. Depending on your point of view, it could be a place of divergence of convergence. The third road, leads back to Thebes, a t this point, the road branches; and on the other hand, here is where the two roads — the one from Daulis, the other from Delphi connect with each other.
The myth series at least for this book and Girls meet boys by Ali Smith take this unspecified voice dialogue approach, which can be quite confusing. I like the ending when the fate of Oedipus and Freud are converged. This book is a different account of what happened when Oedipus met his father at the place where three roads meet.
However, it takes some time for Tiresias to work round to the story of Oedipus. The first half of the book is more concerned with the story of Tiresias himself; how he was apprenticed to the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, how occasionally he acted not so much as a translator for the obscure sounds made by the Pythia when the god spoke through her, but found himself a direct vehicle for those revelations; how he was stricken blind by Athene and then left Delphi to become a peripatetic seer.
The dialogue in this part of the book is entertaining, though not particularly challenging. Freud is shown as an extreme rationalist, interpreting every myth about the gods as displacements of infantile desire or as the need to rationalize natural injustice, and as rejecting the objective significance of visions.
Blind to the truth
Tiresias is here, I think, a somewhat Jungian figure, for Jung would certainly differ from Freud in taking the truths of myths to be more profound than that; but I do think that the historical Freud had a little more respect for myths than is implied in this dialogue. The book becomes deeper, I think, from around page It begins, perhaps, with Salley Vickers' closer knowledge of Greek than Freud may have had. Freud is quoted on p. The high drama of the scene where Oedipus discovers the truth is admirably conveyed in Teresias' telling; and the way Freud matches parts of his theories to the tale Tiresias has to tell is also very well done.
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And then Salley Vickers introduces, through Tiresias, something of her own take into the story: Tiresias wonders why Freud had paid so little attention to Jocasta's side of the story: And Tiresias points out to Freud that Oedipus, at least, had not been subject to the Oedipus Complex: What drove him was, in the end, his insistence on knowing the terrible truth, which he wrested by threats from Tiresias and others.
Oedipus at the end was a stoic; and so too was Freud in his final suffering: At the very end the Eumenides, the Kindly Ones, called Oedipus, and so Tiresias has it the blind and crippled king became holy, the original meaning of that word being hale, healthy, whole. Freud would have agreed that that ought to be the ultimate result of self-knowledge.
This is a fine re-telling of the story, and the hard-back edition of the book is beautifully printed and a pleasure to handle.Inmate kills cellmate and hides body without guards noticing