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Jung; Four Archetypes: Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, Trickster


I read this as part of my research for my classics dissertation. I really only needed to read the sections on 'mother' and 'trickster', but it's hardly a long book so I decided to read it all. The title of the book is fairly self-explanatory: it contains analyses of four different archetypes - mother, rebirth, spirit, and trickster.

It's interesting if you're into psychology, mythology (meaning the study of myth, rather than simply the myths themselves), and Jung in particular. If you haven't read any Jung before, it's not a great place to start as there's very little time devoted to attempting to define archetypes in general before moving on to the four specific archetypes in question. But I suppose that's what you get for reading a compilation of four separate papers which all presuppose some degree of familiarity with the concept. His analyses of different myths and folk tales which he uses to illustrate to archetypes at work are very interesting and thought-provoking even if you don't agree with them whole-heartedly, though I found several (not all) of the cases quite convincingly explained when the archetype was applied.

If you're not interesting in psychology, mythology, or aren't interested in Jung, then you'll have very little reason to read this.
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