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Archetypal Essay

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  • on October 18, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,004 words

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Have you heard about a movie that starts with a happy little elf, colorful talking flowers, trees and birds, then turns out to be a sad, unpleasant, dark movie with mysterious fires? Well in this paper I’m about to show you that movie and its archetypal symbols and archetypal characters. The movie “A Series of Unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket” is a story full of archetypes. An archetype is a universal symbol. It is also a term from the criticism that accepts Jung’s idea of recurring patterns of situation, character, or symbol existing universally and instinctively in the collective unconscious of man. Archetypes come in three categories: images (symbols), characters, and situations. Feelings are provoked about a certain subject by archetypes. The use of the images of darkness, fire, an eye and spyglass set the scene of the movie. Characters including the hero, the orphans (Violet, Klaus and Sunny), the mother, the father, the guardian, the actor and the shadow, contribute to the movie’s conflicts that the heroes must overcome in order to solve the mystery of the suspicious fires. However to solve the mystery the hero’s must also go through many situations such as, having an awful guardian, their parent’s, uncle Monty’s and aunt Josephine’s death, almost killed by a train and a hurricane, and lost their battle to Count Olaf. By using archetypes in the movie, the viewer can obtain more than just the plot and better understand the true theme of the movie: there is always something, so you can succeed.
Archetypal imagery in this movie is abundant, but the most obvious and repetitive archetypes are those darkness, fire, an eye and a spyglass. With all the darkness in the movie this made me think that even though this children are so innocent, they still have the maturity in them, with all their dark clothes and how the achieve their quests. And how black is the opposite of white; Violet lost her faith to win their quest, when she was dress in white during the...

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