Anti-Archetypal Godot Essay

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Anti-archetypal Godot: A lifetime defense of humanity against his loneliness By: Mojtaba Omraan January 2009 "I've learned to make a god with my dreams…" Hossein Panahi, Iranian poet and actor Human being is by nature never beatable by the Muses; for, originally the Muses are derived from man’s imagination. Although without lots of their credits once they belonged, the Muses are still ever-present in their own world. They exist there because man wants them to; and they keep imposing sufferings on us because there must be a reason, whether real or unreal, for our own current sufferings. If Hardy’s Hap is the case, let it not by the way; humanity must survive. In this paper, after having a glance on the formation of Myths, Muses, and archetypes, and then introducing Jungian Archetypal approach in psychology as well as literary criticism, we will try to identify Samuel Beckett’s Godot with its help. Meanwhile, it is essentially accepted that in absurd literature, and especially in Beckett’s plays, which are richly symbolic, there would be no true answer to questions like this. A) Primitive human being vs. unknown surrounding If we accept the primitives at least as intelligent as contemporary human beings [nowadays lots of our actions are more imitative and habitual], perceiving the alien environment they were fed by and lived in, should be extremely vital for them, as well as impossible. Fear, as an eternal motif, making a sense of insecurity, led them to seek for answers to their questions about what they were exposed to; even though there seemed to be no answer out there. (Joseph Campbell, the Hero with a Thousand Faces). Hence, they attempted to make the un-existing answers by themselves. This attempt, resulting on the birth of Myths, has been viewed as the oldest attempt of human being to perceive and acknowledge the universe around.

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