C.G Jung and America.

Essay by fmurdochUniversity, Master'sA, October 2003

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According to C. G. Jung, our family stories brought down from generation to generation demonstrate how we live in society functions today as well as how we define our own personal identities. He uses the examples of the "Handless Maiden" and "Briar Rose" to explain the evolution of stories (myths), by comparing and contrasting the ideals of each in its own suffering moments. Jung shows us within these two examples how to find the story that is our own, to reach out and grasp it and choosing to endure the conflicts that would pull into the inevitable, our fate. An example of such a personal myth is that of Fiona's Flea (I later found out that it was actually a book!). I was told at a young age the story of a little girl named Fiona who befriended a fly, which was named Buzzy. Now Buzzy and Fiona became such good friends that all of Fiona's other friends wanted to meet the little fly .

The story goes on to tell of how their friendship grew and how the little girl broke out of her shy shell. When it was time to for Buzzy to go, Fiona was sad but Buzzy told her that she had all of her other friends to play with and that she did not need to be sad. A father told his child this story so many times that the child believed it to be about a past family member that she wanted to be like. This story also reminded her of how her father told her that every time she was sad or lonely all she had to was think about Buzzy. She believed this story until her mother gave her a copy of the book, Fiona's Flea. This tale is mentioned because...