Enjoy the Journey of Life
As most of my readers know, I am a huge fan of Archetypal Literary Criticism.
This concept is a little different than what we learn in high school. The formal approach to literature looks at setting, plot, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in a work of fiction in order to assess and critique its value and character.
The archetypal approach traces commonalities in human behavior that surface in works of fiction, because literature reflects life.
We all share certain human characteristics and behavioral patterns – simply because we are human. Those archetypes or molds are part of our species. For example, coming of age is a typical pattern we might find in many works of fiction.The most common of these patterns is the heroic quest.
Much of the archetypal approach to literature is derived from the studies of Carl Jung and his theories on the collective unconscious. There are human qualities we inherit and share, much like animals inherit instinct. These patterns can be found in literature, and it is a cool way to read a book and derive more meaning from it.
I leave you with a quote from Carl Jung:
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”