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Confrontations with the Anima in The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin

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dc.contributor.advisor Byrne, D. C. en
dc.contributor.author Barrett, Mary Sarah en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:55:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:55:16Z
dc.date.issued 2005-11
dc.date.submitted 2005-11-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1651
dc.description.abstract This dissertation analyses the protagonists in The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin, and looks at the extent to which they confront the Jungian archetype of the anima. I demonstrate that individuation and wisdom are not achieved in these characters until they confront the anima archetype within their individual psyches. I analyse the experiences and behaviour of each protagonist in order to identify anima confrontation (or lack thereof), and I seek to prove that such confrontation precipitates maturity and wisdom, which are goals of the hero's journey. The essential qualities of the anima archetype are wisdom, beauty and love. These qualities require acceptance of vulnerability. I argue that the protagonist is far from anima integration when he displays hatred and fear of vulnerability, and conclude that each protagonist is integrated with the anima when wisdom, beauty and love are evident in his character. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (167 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Journey en
dc.subject Collective unconscious en
dc.subject Jungian psychology en
dc.subject Ursula K. Le Guin en
dc.subject Fantasy en
dc.subject Science fiction en
dc.subject Individuation en
dc.subject Anima en
dc.subject Archetypes en
dc.subject Gender studies en
dc.subject.ddc 813.5409
dc.subject.lcsh Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929- -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Science fiction -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Gender studies
dc.subject.lcsh Shevek (Fictitious character)
dc.subject.lcsh Ai, Genly (Fictitious character)
dc.subject.lcsh Ged (Fictitious character)
dc.subject.lcsh Anima (Psychoanalysis)
dc.title Confrontations with the Anima in The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English Studies en
dc.description.degree M.A. (English) en


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