Archetype Journal

1979 WORDS

Archetype Journal

1.  Archetype Identification-Water vs. desert Passage-Ch.1, p.3,4. “In water cut gullies the
earth dusted down in dry little streams.  The finest dust did not settle to earth but went
into the sky.” Interpretation- This archetype symbolizes the death of the society that was
known in Oklahoma.  It shows the cycle of life and the effect on Oklahoma..

2.  Archetype Identification- Golden corn. - Passage-Ch. 1, p.5.  “The wind had pummeled
down the fallen corn.”   Interpretation- The corn is the wealth and life blood of the
inhabitants, without the corn no one will survive in their current location.

3. Archetype Identification- Outcast.-Passage-Ch.2, p. 18. “Tom was put in prison for his
crimes and the trucker knows he is an ex con and treats him with less respect.”
Interpretation- Tom is an outcast from society letting him think and reflect on his actions,
allowing him to see things the way they are.  This is a quality often found in heroes.

4. Archetype Identification.- Task.-  Passage- Ch. 3, p. 19. “ The turtle is going southward
across the road.  One car avoids the turtle and another tries to hit the turtle.”  The turtle
does not stop for any reason and continues to peruse it’s goal.”  Interpretation- This
shows the simple stubbornness that people and things will do to reach their goals.  This
passage also shows the two major types of people, those trying to prevent them from
reaching their goal and those who do every thing they can to help another person.

5. Archetype Identification.-  Rebirth.-Passage-Ch. 3, p. 20. “ As the turtle gets away from
it’s encounter with the cars it plants seeds.”  Interpretation-  The rebirth grows from the
turtle’s near death. it continues the cycle of life by planting seeds that will blossom and
join the current trend of life.

6. Archetype Identification.- Red.-Passage-Ch. 3, p. 20. “ A red ant penetrates the shell of
the turtle and bites him.” Interpretation-The turtle and the ant show that nothing is
immune to death and new wounds,  no matter how thick your shell is because no one is
impenetrable to everything.

7. Archetype Identification.- Trees.-Passage-Ch. 4,p. 24. “ Tom Joad moved into the
imperfect shade of the lone tree.”  Interpretation- The lone tree of knowledge stands
casting imperfect shade, this shows that knowledge is scattered and all is not gathered at
one time, Tom learns  under the tree with Jim Casey.

8.  Archetype Identification-Golden.-Passage-Ch. 4,p.25. “ The description of reverend
Casey speaks of his eyes flecked with gold.”  Interpretation.-This reveals that the reverend
Casey speaks only the truth and has a life with flecks of majesty.  He is not perfect but
sees man as part of an over soul so all actions of man are beautiful so one cannot sin.

9. Archetype Identification-Creature of Nightmare.-Passage-Ch. 5, p.45. “ The giant stub
nosed cat pushes its way through houses and fences making perfectly straight lines.”
Interpretation.  The creature is the mechanical tractor that can do several men’s work
much faster.  This machine makes more profit, so it destroys the farmers.  It then pushes
their houses over and destroys all remnants of those who once lived there.  

10. Archetype Identification-The battle between good and evil. -Passage-Ch.5, p. 45.
“The farmers are pushed off the land that they made by profit hungry banks.”
Interpretation-  The farmers are the under dogs to the large companies that relentlessly
squeeze the farms to make more money.  The farmers then plant only one crop and do not
rotate thus they destroy the fertile soil.

11. Archetype Identification- Red Light.-Passage-Ch.6,  p.57 .   “The red sun touched the
horizon and spread out like a jelly fish and the sky above it seemed much brighter and
more alive than it had been.   Interpretation-  The red sun light that spreads and shows a
change brewing and that the change will spread rapidly.  The light  being red is an
oxymoron because light means good things ,but red shows negative things so the change
will be for the worse.

12. Archetype Identification-Crescent Moon.- Passage- Ch.8, p. 86.  “The sky grayed
among the stars and the pale late quarter moon was insubstantial and thin.” Interpretation-
The pale crescent moon shows change is far away and it will take a long time to get to the
new cycle in the moon, so times will be bad for quite some time.

13.  Archetype Identification-Earth Mother.-Passage- Ch.8, p. 95.  “Ma is described as
having eyes that have experienced all possible tragedy and to have had to have mounted
pain and suffering

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