Patricide - Why Sons Murder Their Mothers

Essay by KRYSTINAUniversity, Master'sA, April 2002

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In the perfect world, mother figures are supposed to be considered to be warm, accepting, and nurturing; comparable to the Virgin Mary. Although Mother's are not saints, most do their absolute best to love and nurture their sons, and raise them to the best of their ability.

The focus of this term paper will not be on this majority. The primary focus will be on the mothers, who are found murdered by their own sons. The woman, who carried them for nine months, and gave them life. It will explore the dynamics that drive their bouncing, baby boys to eventually commit murder. These sons do not commit murder of a stranger or enemy, they brutally murder their own mothers.



Becoming a mother does not require a degree or any type of special requirement. Any woman can have a child whether or not they are mentally stable or qualified.

The role of motherhood is one that shouldn't be taken lightly. It entails enormous responsibility. The mother can shape and form the child into either a productive and secure person, or a highly disturbed individual. Unfortunate as this may seem, there is no solution to this ongoing problem.

No one has ever studied the relationship between a mother and son more in depth than Sigmund Freud. Freud's theory alleged that little boys often become strongly attached to their mothers. He was not nearly as interested in normal development as he was in the disorders that appeared as a result of imperfect development. Freud argued that all people pass through five critical stages of personality development: oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital. As children pass from one stage to the next, they adjust their views of the world.