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Tori Amos And Her ArchetypesThe lyrics of Tori Amos are some of the most complicated in musictoday They remain the primary focus of her dedicated fans as wellas her detractors despite the medias fixation on her past history ofrape and abuse They are complicated on many levels and Tori Amoslyrics demand a mythological approach to scratch the surface of herartistic vision In several interviews she has admitted to being muchinfluenced by numerous books of symbology and others of Jungianpsychology and their archetypal insights I dont fall in love muchI mean I fall in love every five seconds with something but I dont gofrom boy to boy I go from archetype to archetype Rogers 33 Mostdominantly her lyrics rely on concept of the archetypal woman in allof her aspects Motifs of creation and destruction are alsorepresented in her work Her ideals of balance for herself andfemininity in general have propelled her into stardom her uses ofarchetypes have led the wayThe allusions to Christian mythology and obscure references in FatherLucifer delve deeper than the casual listener may recognize EvenToriphiles her avid fans like to affectionately refer to themselves inthis way are pushed to the edge of their comprehension in attemptingto come up with a meaning for every image Applying a criticalmythological approach works best with Father Lucifers imagerybecause the archetypes lurk just below the surface The title of thissong aids the audience in being able to place the situation -as doesthe songs tranquil melody the speaker treats the Lucifer characterwith compassion and appreciation Lucifer represents more than justthe idea of the Christian Devil he is the Jungian shadow The shadowis the invisible saurian tail that man still drags behind him Guerin180 He is not unlike other symbolic representations of thisarchetype in literature namely Miltons Satan Father Luciferbegins with questions and infe rences from the speaker that seemencouraging Tell me that youre still in love with that Milkmaidhows the Lizzies hows your Jesus Christ been hanging Amos Boysfor
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