This article tries to approach the adolescent issues of the act and its associated themes, loneliness and failure, through their psychoanalytic links with the structure of the myth of the hero. First, we will recall how Freud’s adoption of the myth of Oedipus is still a very cohesive epistemological contribution, one that still has much to teach us.
Then we will present the fundamental analogy that must be established between the circular structure of mythical causality and the oedipal process of subjectivation. Lastly, we will show that the reactivation of the Oedipus complex in adolescence reveals the deep structural link between Oedipus, the tragic hero, and modern science.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°2, pp. 429-438.