By Matthew A. Fike
Utilising the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, Matthew A. Fike offers a clean realizing of individuation in Shakespeare. This learn of “the visionary mode”— Jung’s time period for literature that comes during the artist from the collective unconscious—combines a powerful grounding in Jungian terminology and thought with fantasy feedback, biblical literary feedback, and postcolonial concept. Fike attracts commonly at the wealthy discussions within the gathered Works of C. G. Jung to light up chosen performs akin to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The service provider of Venice, The Henriad, Othello, and Hamlet in new and astonishing methods. Fike’s transparent and thorough method of Shakespeare deals intriguing, unique scholarship that would entice scholars and students alike.
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The play asks us to believe things that realism would say are impossible. ”3 The word “ignored” is clearly an overgeneralization, given such works as Barbara K. Lewalski’s analysis of Shakespeare’s use of religious myth, William C. 4 Prior to the publication of my article, others had indirectly addressed disappointment by identifying an underlying cause. ”5 Although Carroll discusses the love duet, neither critic fully applies the idea of human negativity to it; and no previous study, including my own article, explores Shakespeare’s use of myth in The Merchant of Venice from a Jungian perspective.
Much as Hermia’s dream of the phallic snake compensates for a denial of sexuality in her waking life or as Bottom’s “dream” of Titania compensates for elements of his life as a laborer, Shakespeare’s use of myth in The Merchant of Venice may in some way qualify or critique characters’ conscious situations. ”2 It is in and through myth that the unconscious speaks in literature because “all mythical figures correspond to inner psychic experiences and originally sprang from them” (CW 9i, 457/256).
If Demetrius as a supposed murderer is the snake, then the play illustrates Jung’s notion that “dreams can have an anticipatory or prognostic aspect, and [that] their interpreter will be well advised to take this aspect into account” (CW 18, 545/237). As Garber rightly says of Shakespearean dreaming in general, a dream can take “the dreamer momentarily out of time . . leading him toward . . ”9 Shakespeare’s snake imagery in Hermia’s dream and in her later experience with Demetrius illustrates this phenomenon.
A Jungian Study of Shakespeare: The Visionary Mode by Matthew A. Fike