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Ancient Symbology in Fantasy Literature: A…

Ancient Symbology in Fantasy Literature: A Psychological Study

by William Indick

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If you enjoy fantasy and want to know what it says about the world around us, this is a great book. Indick’s style is straightforward and interesting, a great read for someone interested in the subject, but not an expert.
The author primarily explores the psychological reasons between archetypes and symbols frequently found in fantasy literature. Indick first explores the psychological functions of myth and legend, to the self and to societies. In “The Hero” and “The Princess,” the gender constructs in fantasy – and their real world implications – are discussed. The remainder of the book focuses primarily on the dualities often present in these stories: “The Wizard and the Dark Lord” and “The Goddess and The Witch” examine the total good or total evil of many fantasy characters. Indick concludes with the ramifications of a society abandoning myth, suggesting that fantasies are constantly reimagined to fulfill their original psychological functions. Indick’s work falls in between psychology and literary criticism. His ideas are not revolutionary, but they are interesting and well written. ( )
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Archetypal symbols in ancient myths as well as the folktales, nursery stories, and fairytales of the Middle Ages are the blueprints of modern fantasy literature. This book explores the modern dreamscape of present-day fantasy, using the ancient myths and traditional fairytales as guides and shining the light of psychological insight onto every symbolic figure and theme encountered. Chapters are dedicated to all of the significant archetypes: heroes and princesses, fairy godmothers and evil witches, wizards and dark lords, magic, and magical beasts are all explored. The analyses and interpretations are informed by classic psychoanalytic studies; the works of fantasy literature examined in this book include the most popular and influential in the genre.

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