Looking At Blood Diamond With The Archetypal Criticism Essay

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Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, stated in a conference, “I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter,” (Brainy Quotes). He grew up during the civil war in 1991, when the Revolutionary United Front (R.U.F.) attempted to overthrow the government. The R.U.F. took control of eastern and southern Sierra Leone territories that were rich in diamonds. In order to purchase weapons and ammunitions, the R.U.F. would enslave villages and use the citizens…show more content…
The movie stresses the importance of being aware of where the products consumers are purchasing come from. Blood Diamond follows Dr. Carl Jung’s archetypal criticism. According to Jung, archetypes are forms personified in images, symbols or patterns, and he said that literature imitates the dreams of human kind. Jung states that there are three categories of archetypes (sometimes called Jungian archetypes); narrative archetypes, character archetypes, and archetypal images. Blood Diamond follows Dr. Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes through the actions and stories of the main characters Solomon and Danny. Looking at the movie through an archetypal lens, we can learn some insight about human kind, such as how extreme one person will go for a cause they believe in. In the movie Blood Diamond, Solomon’s personal story follows the narrative archetype of the journey. According to Jung, the journey sends the Hero of the story on a quest that will help save their kingdom or home (Archetypal Criticism). Joseph Campbell, an American writer, mythologist and lecturer, divided the journey into three phases: separation, initiation, and return, this is called the Monomyth theory (The Hero's Journey - Mythic Structure of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth). Solomon Vandy’s story follows the steps of the Monomyth theory by Joseph Campbell. The movie starts with the first phase; separation. Solomon is separated

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