Literary Archetypes. “Archetypes are repeated patterns that recur in the literature of every age” (Sloan 48). What is an archetype?. An archetype is a term used to describe universal symbols that evoke deep and sometimes unconscious responses in a reader
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“Archetypes are repeated patterns that recur in the literature of every age” (Sloan 48).
Swiss psychologist/psychiatrist whose study of the nature of the human mind resulted in two basic concepts that are important in examining and analyzing literature.
Collective unconsciousness unconscious/subconscious mental record of all common human experiences (examples –love, passion, birth, death, anger, peace, evil, spirituality, etc)
archetypes – symbols which express our “collective unconscious,” which are our common human experiencesCarl Jung
example - Romeo and Juliet
Sea—spiritual mystery and infinity; timelessness and eternity
River—death / rebirth (baptism), flowing of time into eternity, transitional phases of the life cycle
Rising Sun—Birth and Creation
Egg (Oval)—the mystery of life and the forces of regeneration
combination of red and yellow
denotes energy, warmth, and the sun
less intensity or aggression than red
calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow
wholesomeness and earthiness
represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health
warm neutral color that can stimulate the appetitehttp://www.slideshare.net/RachalJames/the-psychology-of-color-presentation