The Myths And Archetypes Of The Novel ' Hamlet '

960 Words Nov 12th, 2014 4 Pages
“Total dream of mankind” (: Carl Jung’s theories on human psychology create a foundation for a better understanding of the archetypes portrayed in Hamlet. Jung focused on the myths and archetypes in relation to the unconscious part of the mind. He believed archetypes are models of human behavior that survived throughout history as they hold true. The archetypal literary criticism analyzes text … The archetypes are embedded within us: shadow, anima, and self. The shadow consists of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires and instincts. It reflects the deeper elements of the tragic hero’s, Hamlet, psyche and is personified by the same sex figure that employs many characteristics opposite of the protagonist. The anima represents the true self opposed to the image Hamlet presents to others and is usually a feminine image in the male psyche. Furthermore, the self is a coherent whole which unifies the consciousness and unconsciousness. The conclusion of the play is a result of Hamlet’s inability to achieve the Self. Jung’s formulated theory of various archetypes helps symbolize different aspects of a person’s personality. In Hamlet, the archetypes are depicted by characters surrounding Hamlet in which they reflect characteristics of his persona so that the reader can fully comprehend workings of his mind. The shadow archetype represents unknown characteristics of the protagonist, Hamlet. It embodies darker aspects of the psyche as well as the deeply repressed impulses of the…
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