Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, rejected the notion that we are each born with a blank slate. Instead, he said that we are born with universal patterns of being (archetypes) that exist in everyone around us. We are all familiar with them, because everywhere we turn, there they are! They appear throughout our literature and they reside within us.
If we learn to identify the archetypes that we embody individually and those in the world around us, we learn about ourselves.
Using Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we will explore the feminine and masculine archetypes that reside there and ponder such questions as: Will Elizabeth and Darcy live happily ever after, but also why did they ever get together? Is Bingley the best choice of husbands for Jane? Why are all the Bennett sisters so different? Why do you respond to some characters in literature positively and others negatively?
A prerequisite: Familiarity with Pride and Prejudice.
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