This thesis considers Peter S. Beagle’s 1968 novel The Last Unicorn from the perspective of the analytical psychology of Carl G. Jung. A review of published criticism on the novel leaves major questions regarding its psychological meaning and potential clinical implications. Making use of the Jungian school of depth psychology’s unique hermeneutic approach, the novel’s major symbols are amplified in terms of their mythological, religious, and literary contexts and parallels. This leads to a preliminary psychological interpretation of the novel and a discussion of its possible applications in clinical practice. Major themes include trauma, alienation, the wounded feeling function, and the mythology of the wasteland and the wounded Fisher King.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American literature, Counseling Psychology, Psychology|
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