Jung's Father Archetype in Children's Literature
A description of how the absent father in different children's stories is representative of the Jungian yearning for a father figure.
# 64959 | 1,247 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Apr 15, 2006 in Literature (Children) , Psychology (Jung) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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This paper describes three stories and how the Jungian archetype influences the story. The paper first discusses the Walt Disney movie, "Song of the South", explaining how the Jungian father archetype can be found in the story because there is an absent father that is replaced by another father figure. Next the paper discusses the European children's tale, "Max and Moritz" which is a cautionary tale about what happens to children that grow up without a father. Lastly, the paper discusses the story of "Cinderella", explaining that it is representative of the the father-as-lover archetype.
From the Paper:"Historically, children's literature has always had a place in our lives. No matter how old we grow, we can relate many of our adult observations to the tales of our childhood. Having been fortunate to grow up in a family from two different cultures, I heard tales from old Europe from my Mother, and the rich tales of the southeastern United States from my Father. In considering Jung's theory of the archetype, there are three tales that come to mind. First, the movie "Song of The South", which tells stories of the South that my grandfather grew up in. Second, the tale of Max and Moritz, a cautionary tale for children told throughout Europe for hundreds of years. Finally, the classic "Cinderella" which, thanks to Disney, has become a favorite of all children born in the US in the last fifty years. These three tales all demonstrate the father archetype that Jung describes in "The Personal and the Collective Unconscious." These tales are classic examples of stories that appear in a variety of cultures, and all share a common thread- the absent father. Jung would have told us that the unconscious desire for someone to fill the archetypal role of father is at the root of all these tales. The absence of father theme in these three stories will show the human need for the archetypical father figure as nurturer, disciplinarian, and as lover."
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