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Archetypal Literary Theory

A brief explanation of Archetypal Literary Theory, as well as its use in analyzing the short story, "Tuesday Siesta." By: Arjun Prihar, Daisy Couture, and Mica Green.

Arjun Prihar

on 23 November 2014

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Transcript of Archetypal Literary Theory

Archetypal Literary Theory
Archetypal Criticism
What is an Archetype?
Collective Unconscious
History of Archetypes
Manifestation of Archetypes
Types of Archetypes
Character Archetypes
Other Character Archetypes
Situation Archetypes
Symbolic Archetypes
Examples in Literature
Final Notes
Analysis of "Tuesday Siesta"
Character Archetypes
Situational Archetypes
Symbolic Archetypes
-Recurring characters, situations, and symbols in works of imagination

-Occurs throughout generations and cultures

-A product of repeated experiences.
-Reason why archetypes are universal

-Universal library of knowledge and experience

-Recur over cultures and time, often in religion
- Dreams or visions

- Artistic expression

- Religion and self expression

- Anthropology
- Most exist outside the personal conscious

- Instead, 4 archetypes reside within the psyche

-To be a healthy individual, one must develop these archetypes: Shadow, Persona, Anima/Animus and the Self
Personal Conscious
Personal Unconscious
Collective Unconscious
Star-Crossed Lover
Devil Figure
Damsel in Distress
-The Quest
-The Task
-The Journey
-The Initiation
-The Fall
-Death and Rebirth
-Good vs. Evil
-The Unbearable Wound
-Parent/Child Conflict
-Light vs. Dark
-Nature vs. technology
-The Threshold
-The Underworld
-Water vs. Drought
-Heaven vs. Hell
-The Crossroads
-The Maze
: Most archetypes exist in opposing pairs.
-Archetypes are a starting point.

-There are an endless amount of archetypes

-Archetypes exist in all literature

-Helpful way to analyze literature
Carlos Centeno Alaya
-Mother Figure
-Feminine Hero
-Guild Ridden Figure in Search of Expiation
-Innocent Child
Priest's Sister
-Mother Figure
-plot device
-Wise Old Man
-The Journey
-The Unhealable Wound
-Mother/Child Relationship
-The Threshold
-Heaven from the Wilderness

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