Essay on A Jungian Analysis Of Ursula Hegi 's Stones From The River

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A Jungian Analysis of Ursula Hegi’s Stones from the River

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” - C.G. Jung. Carl Jung’s theories are profoundly influential to modern psychiatry; they allow us to analyze stories, characters, and writings from the innermost layer. Although Carl Jung did extensive research on the human psyche, perhaps some of his most interesting theories were on the nature of how human beings write and tell stories, particularly on the basic components of characters and their archetypes; two of Jung’s quintessential archetypes were the Anima: representing the feminine part of one’s persona, and the Animus: representing the masculine part. Trudi Montag, the protagonist of Stones from the River, is an incredibly complex character, whose persona encompasses characteristics of both archetypes. Jungian ideology demonstrates Trudi’s innermost feminine and masculine attributes, all of which challenge societal expectations, while also defining Trudi as an individual.
Trudi Montag exhibits qualities that are traditionally associated with men, aggression and intrusiveness. Several times, Trudi describes a rage within herself, an untamed, primal rage that overwhelms her ability to perceive logically; it motivates her to seek revenge and sometimes to push others away. “... she’d stand outside the circle, feeling a fury gather itself within her, a fury that would drive bright tears to her eyes and make her want to…

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