"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" Analytical Essay by kundry

"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"
This paper discusses Gabriel Garcia Marquez's poem "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings", an archetype of a fairy tale.
# 60419 | 1,280 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Aug 18, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , Psychology (Jung) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that Gabriel Garcia Marquez's poem "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" has strong associative undercurrents linking it with ideas of Carl Jung; the embodiment of Jung's archetype of the shadow is presented in the character of the angel. The author points out that the influence of Jung can be witnessed in the opening of the poem, which is taken from Jung's writings that, only by difficult inner work, painstaking analysis and effort can humanity transcend the deep unconscious impulses of the shadow thereby avoiding neurosis and uniting the psyche in wholeness. The paper relates that Marquez's frequent referral to shipwrecks denotes that, the actual turbulence and destruction of the sea (strongly associated with the emotions) can wreak havoc on the ships (designating the ego) and the shore soon becomes the province of treasure.

From the Paper:

"Jung and his adherents theorized that the shadow was an inevitable result of the light shed by the consciousness of one's ego, and though unpleasant to acknowledge, all people have unpleasant, unacceptable, inferior impulses that comprise the shadow. Though mostly enacted unconsciously or deeply repressed, these qualities are abundantly evident in every daily newscast, and help one to understand cruelty, war, injustices of all labels and rationalizations. Our shadow side is balanced by the self, a concept that goes beyond our own innate ego consciousness, but according to Jung encompasses our collective unconscious, and the opposite sex reflection of ourselves, which he termed anima and animus (the subconscious balancing of the ego by traits and aspects characteristic of the opposite sex). In "A Very Old Man...", Pelayo is the embodiment of the male archetype, Elisenda, the female, both have aspects of the anima and animus, and the newborn child serves as the Divine Child archetype.The fortuitous arrival of the angel reflects the transformation that can be undergone if the shadow side is not only recognized, but embraced."

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