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Complexions of a Mother-Complex Often in literature there exist characters that personify certain archetypes or in other words exhibit a certain body of universally observable traits C G Jung in his development of the theory of archetypes sets forth the idea of a mother archetype Jung describes the mother archetype as being the symbols or qualities often used specifically as it pertains to literature in describing a mother or some other mothering entity This archetype according to Jung lays the groundwork for a mother-complex which is present in four variations each of which is in part characterized by either a hypertrophy or an atrophy of the feminine qualities of the daughter One example of a mother-complex is visible in the narrator of Maxine Hong Kingstons work entitled The Woman Warrior who while not precisely fitting into any one of the four variations set forth does however to some extent conform with the variation that Jung terms as The Negative Mother-Complex One would find it very difficult to argue that Kingstons narrator does not personify some form of a mother-complex as her mother plays such a large role in the narrators perception of who or what she is and of the world in which she resides The Woman Warrior in large part deals with how the daughter strives to understand her mother and what thoughts and desires motivate her actions This behavior seems important to the narrator because while she uses what her mother appears to outwardly be as a palette containing the colours she wishes to avoid in the painting of herself she is nonetheless desirous of discovering what lies underneath so that she may perhaps find solace in some less obvious similarity that may exist with her own self It is the aforementionned behavior that is indicitive of The Negative Mother-Complex The narrator strives very much to define herself almost wholly by her outward dissimilitude with her mother taking the more vague shape
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