Archetypes In Carl Jung's Beloved

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Carl Jung was a swiss psychiatrist who believed that the human psyche consisted of three parts: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. According to Jung, archetypes are universal patterns which exist in the collective unconscious. He believed these recurrent images possessed universal meanings that appear in literature. Carl Jung theorized that archetypes lead to insight on humans and the world around us. Jungian archetypes can be identified in nearly all literature, art, religion and culture.
The Child archetype is one of the most recurring of Jung’s archetypes. It is often associated with innocence, vulnerability and dependency. The child is seen to pave the way for a future, and brings promise for new beginnings.
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Morrison narrates that “She had new skin, lineless and smooth, including the knuckles of her hands” (61). This distinguishably flawless skin is representative of youth. As Beloved starts to move around 124 it is noted that she is “resting her head in the palm of her hand as though it was too heavy for a neck alone” (67). The fact that she is struggling to support her own head not only parallels with the features of a baby but also shows her dependence; she can not adequately function without …show more content…
In part 3, a role reversal begins to occur between Sethe and Beloved. Denver tells us “It was Beloved who made demands” (283). Beloved tells Sethe what to do and she obeys her like a child would obey her mother. Denver also observes that Beloved "Dressed in Sethe 's dresses, she stroked her skin with the palm of her hand. She imitated Sethe, talked the way she did, laughed her laugh and used her body the same way down to the walk, the way Sethe moved her hands, sighed through her nose, held her head. Sometimes coming upon them making men and women cookies or tacking scraps of cloth on Baby Suggs ' old quilt, it was difficult for Denver to tell who was who"(283). Beloved is literally transforming into Sethe to fill the mother role, while Sethe out of guilt shrinks down and does as she says like a

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