Quotes from, Legend of a Suicide, by David Vann

“Watching the dark shadow moving before him, it seemed as if this were what he had felt for a long time, that his father was something insubstantial before him and that if he were to look away for an instant or forget or not follow fast enough and will him to be there, he might…

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Possessed by a Flower God

About a decade ago, I became aware of some tendencies in my creative process that were both confusing and disturbing. In this paper, I attempt to explain a mysterious pattern in my creative experience by using a few concepts articulated by the psychologist Carl Jung. By analyzing my creative behaviors through the lens of Dr.…

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Shipwreck Islands – Chaos and the Shadow

Reflect on the elements of chaos and the shadow in the environment and characters of The Tempest. – HMC 230 The Tempest, a play by Shakespeare can be interpreted as one man’s journey toward individuation. It’s a magical play where the family related main characters interact with the environment in a dream like island setting. After…

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Possessed? Quotes from Marie-Louise von Franz on Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales

Discuss the association between the shadow, evil, and creative inspiration. – HMC 140 According to Marie-Louis von Franz, Jung said that everything in the unconscious is the shadow (Franz, 1995). Shadow is a mythical term for the unconscious. Our creative impulse or inspiration comes from the unconscious or shadow. The unconscious holds both good and…

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