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Running head: CRITICISM OF OKLAHOMA 1 Archetype and Myth Criticism of Oklahoma Rowan Lee Ellis Hodges English
CRITICISM OF OKLAHOMA 2 Abstract The literary archetype criticism was founded by Carl Jung. He believed that there was something called “The Unconscious Self,” which was universal among all humans. A heathy personality is made up of a healthy balance of male (animus) and female (anima), introvert and extrovert, conscious and unconscious, and able to accept the past and strive for the future. The difference in amount of all these traits creates the different archetypes which are present in all stories, including ancient myths, which we derive many modern stories and story concepts off of. The musical Oklahoma, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, contains many of the standard archetypes used in other stories. These lend to the readers ability to connect and better understand the true feel of the characters. The portrayed atmosphere and descriptions in the story also help the reader subconscious grasp the universal patterns the author may or may not have intended in the writing. Keywords : Archetype, Universal, Oklahoma, Story, Characters, Subconscious, Criticism, Carl Jung.
CRITICISM OF OKLAHOMA 3 Archetype and Myth Criticism of Oklahoma Oklahoma is an American musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, based on the 1930’s play Green Grows the Lilacs, written by Lynn Riggs. Set in the early 1900s in the Oklahoma territory, it’s a story of two pairs of lovers, the main one being Curly and Laurey, and the second being Will and Ado Annie. Curly and Laurey have trouble admitting their feelings to each other, so when the annual lunch auction rolls around, Laurey is accompanied by Judd, the hired hand, instead of Curly. Ado Annie can’t decide who she likes, the cowboy Will who has immense feelings for her but little money, or the peddler, Ali Hakim, a peddler who is rich, but doesn’t want to marry her. Curly finally realizes that he has to act fast before Judd does anything to hurt Laurey. He shows up at the auction and outbids Judd on Laurey’s basket by selling everything he has. Will comes up with the $10 to pay Ado Annie’s father in order to marry her.

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