Jung's Archetype Essay by Johnson

Jung's Archetype
Examines Carl Gustav Jung's creation of the archetype and how it impacted psychology and literature.
# 65514 | 2,267 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 12, 2006 in Literature (English) , Psychology (Jung) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper delves into Carl Gustav Jung's creation of the archetype and its significance to psychology and literature. It compares Jung's ideas to those of Freud, Northrop Frye and Umberto Eco. Also, primary and secondary sources are used to show the importance of the archetype and its relationship to myths and symbols.

From the Paper:

"In the world of psychology, Carl Gustav Jung is known to have introduced some truly groundbreaking ideas about the nature of the unconscious. These ideas have become integral to the history of literary criticism as well. Interestingly, this legendary figure was once a part of Sigmund Freud's school of psychoanalysis (Richter 504). However, Jung eventually distanced himself from Freud's ideas and began what he called the field of analytic psychology (different from Freud's psychoanalytic theory) (Richter 504). With analytic psychology, Jung was able to explore different possibilities about the human unconscious that he otherwise couldn't have under Freud's tutelage; most notably, his idea of the archetypes found in the collective unconscious. It so happens that Jung's distinctive ideas have given rise to a wider range of psychological possibilities and ideas for one to consider, which ultimately aids in the quest for truth."

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