Topic: Symbolism in Archetypal
criticism of Northrop Frye
Paper Name: Literary theory and
criticism
Paper No.: 7
Name: Bha...
Introduction
• Herman Northrop
Frye (1912-1991)
was Canadian
literary critic.
• Literary Theorist
• Most influence of
the ...
What is Archetypal
criticism?
• “Archetypal criticism looks in literature
for patterns and traces them through
works of cl...
Human
• Wish fulfillment
• Being community
centered
Comic
Human
• Isolation
• The Fallen
Hero
Tragic
Human
Animal
Comic
genre
Tragic
genre
Docile and
pastoral
Predictors
and
hunters
vegetation
• The comedic is pastoral but also
represented by garden, park, rose and
lotuses.
• The tragic is of a wild for...
Mineral
• Cities, Temples are represents comic
mineral
• Tragic mineral realm is noted for being
a desert
Water
• Symbol of life
• Cleansing and rebirth
comic River
Tragic Flood
The Hero
• The courageous figure,
the one who’s always
running in and saving the
day .
The Outcast
• He or she has been cast out of society
or has left it on a voluntary basis.
• Figure can oftentimes also be
...
Sun
• Rising Sun: Birth and Creation
• Setting sun: Death
Numbers
The Holy Trinity
stage of life: childhood, teenage,
middle age and old age
The completion of a
cycle, perfect order,
perfect number, religi...
Seasons
Seasons
Spring,
Rebirth,
comedy
Summer,
Life,
Romance
Fall,
Death ,
Tragedy,
Winter,
Death,
Irony
Other symbols
• The Task
• The Quest
• The Loss of Innocence
• Colors
• Serpent
• Wise old man
• Garden
• Tree
• Desert
• ...
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Symbolism in Northop Frye

  1. 1. Topic: Symbolism in Archetypal criticism of Northrop Frye Paper Name: Literary theory and criticism Paper No.: 7 Name: Bhatt Urvi Roll No: 32 Std: M.A. Sem: 2 Submitted to: Department of English Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University
  2. 2. Introduction • Herman Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was Canadian literary critic. • Literary Theorist • Most influence of the 20th century
  3. 3. What is Archetypal criticism? • “Archetypal criticism looks in literature for patterns and traces them through works of classical antiquity into modern texts, and interprets those reverberations as symbols or manifestations of universal human conflicts and desires.” • Archetypal symbols • Narratives or characters types
  4. 4. Human • Wish fulfillment • Being community centered Comic Human • Isolation • The Fallen Hero Tragic Human
  5. 5. Animal Comic genre Tragic genre Docile and pastoral Predictors and hunters
  6. 6. vegetation • The comedic is pastoral but also represented by garden, park, rose and lotuses. • The tragic is of a wild forest
  7. 7. Mineral • Cities, Temples are represents comic mineral • Tragic mineral realm is noted for being a desert
  8. 8. Water • Symbol of life • Cleansing and rebirth comic River Tragic Flood
  9. 9. The Hero • The courageous figure, the one who’s always running in and saving the day .
  10. 10. The Outcast • He or she has been cast out of society or has left it on a voluntary basis. • Figure can oftentimes also be considered as a Christ figure.
  11. 11. Sun • Rising Sun: Birth and Creation • Setting sun: Death
  12. 12. Numbers The Holy Trinity
  13. 13. stage of life: childhood, teenage, middle age and old age The completion of a cycle, perfect order, perfect number, religious symbol.
  14. 14. Seasons Seasons Spring, Rebirth, comedy Summer, Life, Romance Fall, Death , Tragedy, Winter, Death, Irony
  15. 15. Other symbols • The Task • The Quest • The Loss of Innocence • Colors • Serpent • Wise old man • Garden • Tree • Desert • Creation • The great fish

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