LC English Lab

A Whole New Story: Archetypes & Analysis

To start the year, consider yourself a psychologist.  If you are not one, prepare to become one.

A famous psychologist, Carl Jung, popularized a school of thinking known as Individuation, a theory based on “collective consciousness,” or the understanding of a collective group of people.  At the center of this theory is the concept of Archetypes, or “understood symbols, images, and themes passed down within a culture.”  

These symbols, images, and themes, over time, come to define a culture.  For instance, if you hear the word Garden, what do you think: Peace, tranquility, gentleness, restfulness.  If I say the words Garden of Eden, what do you think: peace disrupted!  It’s our story, and the images within that story become the allusions we use for our understanding of good and evil.

This unit focuses on our collective consciousness.  You will see our culture’s primary archetypes, and you will help to define some of your own: the archetypes of high school, of life in Lynden, of faith, of pop culture, at large.  By looking at our media (the Bible, books, stories, tv shows, movies), we will come to see that we are not, as we like to think, grown-up individuals who act freely, but, as the Bible says, “infants tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, . . . {and} by human cunning.”