Love and the Collective Unconscious - In reference to "A Christmas Carol," "White Fang," and "Great Expectations."

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Love and the Collective Unconscious

In Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, he states, "The salvation of man is through love and in love." Human beings are unique beings. They have emotions and ambitions, they can think and reflect, but most important, they can interact with one another and grow to love. Love is the greatest feeling humans can experience. Society will agree that love is wonderful; yet, the majority never realize the true potential of love, nor do they have the knowledge to practice love. In general, society can be cruel and heartless toward real virtue of any kind. However, as humans, there are feelings of love and joy that stir up in one's everyday life which can accentuate human's loving nature. A review of the protagonist's change of behaviour in the following novels will verify that the desire to and for love is part of the collective unconscious: Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens' A Christmas Carol; Pip from Dickens' Great Expectations, and White Fang from London's White Fang.

To adequately fulfill the concept of one's collective unconscious, one must be familiar with it and understand how it relates to all humans.

Accordingly, the collective unconscious is a concept developed by Carl Jung; he believed the human character will continue to grow throughout life's journey. The collective unconscious identifies the existence of tangible perceptions in the psyche that seem to be omnipresent. It is commonly known as a collection experiences that all humans are born with. Dreams, thoughts, and desires are all reflections of the collective unconscious. Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens' A Christmas Carol is visited by three ghosts in his dreams: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Significantly, dreams are reflections of our subconscious and can reveal...