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Mother ArchetypeHello, I need to find a story, myth, or an artwork that can be read as...

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basalix | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2010 at 7:39 AM via web

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Mother Archetype


I need to find a story, myth, or an artwork that can be read as sumbolizing the Mother Archetype (Jungian) and analyze the connection in a paper. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM (Answer #2)

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Leonardo da Vinci has several pieces of art that illustrate the mother archetype. Some show this archetype in perfect unison with the child, and some show the child as if it is trying to pull away. The comparison of these two portrayals might make a really interesting paper. Good Luck.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM (Answer #3)

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Can you use fairy tales?  Hansel and Gretel might be an interesting look at the mother (or step-mother) archetype.  There's also Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella...

This sounds like it will be fun.  Good Luck!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM (Answer #4)

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I wonder whether it might be productive to investigate creation myths of various cultures. A lot of them have a mother earth figure who symbolically dies giving life to earth. Pacha Mama, for example, is the Mother Earth equivalent in the Andean world view in South America, and I am sure that there will be others like her if you do a quick search you could investigate.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 23, 2010 at 5:40 AM (Answer #5)

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There is a theory that although men love their mothers, they also hate them too, in the sense that it is the dependency they hate, rather than the mother herself. Apparently this is even true of men who claim to have negative or non-existent relationships with a mother or mother-figure as they are left with deep attachment issues.

A story to illuminate these issues? Well, you can't go wrong with Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence, a novel which provides searching insights into the mother-son relationship and family dynamics. Good luck with this classic novel!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM (Answer #6)

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Most of the classic paintings do depict the Madonna and child. This is the classic mother archetype for most painters. The religious imagery also influences more modern interpretations. I also like to think of Norman Rockwell.

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