A Jungian Perspective On "How Far She Went" By Mary Hood

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WITH EDITED TEXT FROM MY INSTRUCTORA Jungian perspective on "How Far She Went" by Mary Hood"How Far She Went" by Mary Hood is an intense story full of ever-changing and turbulent emotions. In writing about this story and its author, it can be seen there is more in depth reasoning and motivation underneath the characters actions than one might initially think. These actions could be likened to a Jungian psychological viewpoint and ideology. The story conveys the intimacy of a girl, her grandmother and the life-changing decisions made through everyday actions.The author Mary Hood was born in Georgia and grew up in North Carolina. Her Father however; was a native New Yorker that lived in Georgia and as Mary puts it "Even if I could, I would prefer not to choose between these two identities: I am both. I am like Laurie Lee's fabulous two-headed sheep, which could "sing harmoniously in a double voice and cross-question itself for hours." (http://www.pbs.org/riverofsong/music/e3-on_being.html). It's not necessary to give the entire URL in an in-text citation. You may shorten the title, such as (pbs) Ultimately Mary chose to embrace her southern roots in authoring her fabulously descriptive and moving stories as opposed to the northern roots she had been exposed to formerly. Many a reader is thankful for this choice, since she has written so many wonderful articles and stories. "How Far She Went" being only one of these and with which Mary Hood won the awkward wording Flannery O'Connor award for her superb rendering of southern life. Mary Hood is the epitome of the strong southern coquettish woman and she transfers this on to her main character, the grandmother in "How Far She Went."The author likes to describe southerners as longwinded and speaking with candid and unhurried southern drawls. This tendency the author speaks of; that southerners tend to be so full of words and opinions, could easily lend itself to having an air of wording the extrovert defined as "a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings." (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=extrovert) (diction ary) The author's personal life experiences have colored her writing style and process and the development of the characters in her stories. The character created by the author; that of the granddaughter in "How Far She Went" exhibits a definite extroverted personality. Her extroverted personality is full of trembling teenage rage and insecurity, so it's seen in the light in which it was meant to be portrayed in; a defiant and senseless extroversion to shore up the young girl's defenses.In "How Far She Went" the older and wiser main character introduced to us as "Granny" (DiYanni p543) (Hood 543) use the author's name, not the editor'scould be described in Jungian terms as having a dilemma with her personal unconscious or "repressed memories, wishes, emotions, and subliminal perceptions of a personal nature."...

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