Challenging the Archetypes: Re-visitation of Fairy Tales

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Abstract

This study aims to highlight how the revisited American fairytale movies shun the archetypal symbols, characters and situations of the previous fairy tales. The researcher analyzes the new set of norms that are proposed by the postmodernists, which are positioned to shun the metanarratives and work against totality by waging war against it (Lyotard 71-82). The perspective in doing so is to find out the changes in the original stories which have challenged the collective unconsciousness. Collective Unconscious, according to Jung, are the unconscious feelings present among human beings as species. They are universally present in every man's psyche, and the unconscious of man has some primal images, which are depicted through symbols. These symbols are not limited to any particular culture or history (Four Archetypes 4). Jung calls the contents of the collective unconscious the "archetypes" (4). Postmodernists have challenged the archetypal patterns stated by the philosophers of archetypes, and they have attempted to break these archetypal patterns, or according to the postmodernists, the "metanarratives".

Authors

1-Fahmida Manzoor
Lecturer, Department of English, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

2-Hina Naz
Lecturer, Department of English, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

3-Shamim Ara Shams
Assisstant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Literature, Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Keywords

Fairy Tales, Deconstruction, Archetypes

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2020(V-III).24


Page Nos

232-243

Volume & Issue

V - III

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Published: 09 2020

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