THE MOTHER ARCHETYPE IN AMERICAN MYTH MAKING: A JUNGIAN ANALYSIS OF THE 1957 FILM 3:10 TO YUMA

ABSTRACT

This article provides a hermeneutic analysis of the 1957 film 3:10 to Yuma (directed by Delmer Daves) from a Jungian perspective. It addresses the concept of ‘The Mother Archetype’ its role in the
Alchemical and Symbolic Quest and it provides a reading of the principal characters of this film-as
Dream as a composite of Jung’s ‘Personality Typology’. It proposes that the film represents the self
regulation of the Psyche through the Ego/Self axis and the inherent Transcendent Function. It
concludes that the film culminates in a ‘Mysterium Coniunctionis’, or ‘Mystery of the Conjunction’, of
Female/Earth and Male/Spirit archetype towards greater expression of Individuation, and that all of these principal Jungian concepts constitute the inter-textual layers of our chosen film.

Keywords: Jung, Mother Archetype, Alchemical Quest, Self-regulating Psyche, Ego/Self Axis, Transcendent Function, Individuation.

FULL TEXT

87-218-1-SM


REFBACKS

  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright © 2012 University of Central Lancashire