The main purpose of this book is to investigate the archetypal motif of the feminine entrapped within vegetable species (mainly fruits). Several fairy tales originating in different regions (America, Europe, Africa and Eastern countries) were analyzed. Each one of these tales illustrates how the unconscious symbolizes the ordeals the feminine principle has gone through (and still goes through!) in the collective consciousness, as well as how the unconscious may deal with it.
Throughout the text, the reader will have the chance to observe the dynamics of suppression and repression of the feminine, as well as its redemption, occurring not only collectively but also as a subjective happening within the psyche of both man and woman. The symbolic meaning of each fruit portrayed in the tales, the importance of the water, the shadowy aspects of both the masculine and feminine principles are taken in to enhance the psychological understanding of the human psyche, as far as the play of oppositions is concerned. Dreams of modern man and woman are also analyzed to demonstrate the actuality of the theme.
Table of Contents
-The Entrapment Within The Fruit
-The Story Of The Crooked Mooress
-The Colors Of Blood And Cheese
-The Water Element
-The Demonic Feminine
-The Figure Upon Which Evil Is Projected In The Fairytale
-The Fruit, The Woman And The Decay
-The Revivifying Quality Of The Fruit
-The Transformation Of The Maiden
-The Renewal Of The Anima.
-The Fate Of The Crooked Woman
-Synopsis 1: The Bel Princess
-Synopsis 2: The Love of The Three Pomegranates
-Synopsis 3: The Love of the Three Oranges
-Synopsis 4: The Three Citrons
-Synopsis 5: The Three Citrons of Love
-Synopsis 6: The White Little Dove and The Crooked Mooress