Archetypes in "Hamlet" Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Archetypes in "Hamlet"
An analysis of the expression of Jungian archetypes in Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
# 115667 | 2,753 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Psychology (Jung) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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The paper relates that Carl Jung might observe that Shakespeare's characters are not simply complex and psychologically multifaceted; they are also timeless archetypes. According to the paper, Jungian archetypes are general, universal stereotypes that reflect all of human consciousness and experience. The paper examines Shakespeare's use of archetypical characters in "Hamlet" by analyzing the characters of Gertrude, Polonius, Ophelia, Laertes, Claudius, Fortinbras and Hamlet.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boeree, George C. 1997. "Carl Jung." Updated 2006. 12 Apr 2008.
  • Greenblatt, Stephen. "Hamlet." The Norton Shakespeare. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997
  • Pettifor, Eric. "Major Archetypes and the Process of Individuation." Personality and Consciousness. 1995. 12 Apr 2008.
  • "Jung: Archetypes." 2002. Last updated 22 Mar 2008.12 Apr 2008.
  • Pennington, Michael. Hamlet: A User's Guide. New York: Limelight Editions, 1996.

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