Miguel Street in the Perspective of Jungian Analytical Psychology

Rongying ZHENG, Mengke GUO


British writer of Indian origin Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for Miguel Street, his acclaimed work, for which he won the Maugham Literary Award for this collection of short stories. This work portrays a large group of marginalized people with psychological imbalance and eccentric behavior by describing the minutiae of life and the mental world on Miguel Street in Port of Spain, the capital of British colonial Trinidad. This paper will apply the theories of Jungian analytical psychology such as archetypes and complexes to provide psychological explanations and support for those marginalized people. Archetypes like persona and shadow and complexes like poet complex and hero complex are mainly theoretical foundations used in this paper.



Miguel Street; Persona; Shadow; Complex

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12960


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