The Maypole of Merry Mount Symbolism.

The Maypole of Merry Mount Symbolism.

Archetype
A universal symbol that people in all time and cultures would understand. Given to us by Carl Jung.
Archetype
Allegory
When characters in a story represent ideas or emotions, the author has turned the story into an ALLEGORY.
Symbolic Story.
Allegory
Immortality
English Colonists see village of Merry Mount as a Garden of Eden, no work all play. High treason to be unhappy in Merry Mount.
Immortality
Life/Death/Rebirth
Colonists danced around Maypole all SEASONS. From Demeter & Persephone: cycle: autumn- death, winter- waiting, spring- rebirth, summer- growing.
Life/Death/Rebirth
Life
Edgar and Edith getting married.
Death
Cutting down of the Maypole.
Death
Rebirth
Endicott gives them a second chance to become part of his community.
Rebirth
Tree
Symbol of life. Maypole is a slender pine tree. Destruction is a symbol of death, death of a life that colonists knew.
Tree
Rainbow
7 Colors represent bridge between heaven and earth. 4 + 3 = 7. 3 is the number of God, 4 is the number of humanity ( 4 limbs). Colors on rainbow.
Rainbow
Circle and Wreath
No beginning and no end. Dancing circle broken by Endicott. Wreath put around Edgar and Edith by Endicott represents new life.
Circle and Wreath
Eyes
Windows to the soul. Colonists play “blind man’s buff” with a blindfold representing, in their innocence, they can only see what is fun and childish, not what the responsibilities are.
Eyes
Hair
Strength and power. Puritans cut Edgar’s hair before he can go into the Puritan community. Edgar must sacrifice what he knew in Merry Mount.
Hair
Persona
The mask that we show to the world to conceal our true feelings. Colonists pretend to be happy all the time because it’s better than being sad, but it also prevented them from facing growing up and responsibilities.

Some colonists actually wear masks during the wedding.

Persona
Green
Growth. Forest, a place of both sheltering and initiation and testing is green.
Green
Black
Unknown. Puritans dressed in black. Hawthorne calls them “black shadows”.
Black
Purple
Connection to Blood. Royalty and Sacrifice. Edgar is dressed in purple.
Purple
Gold (Golden and Gilded)
Immortality. Edgar carries a golden staff.
Gold (Golden and Gilded)
Id
Lawless and Child-like state that aims to please self without and thought of right or wrong.
Id
Ego
Regulation agent that strives for balance between the Id and Superego. (harmony: some work, some play.)
Ego
Superego
Seeks perfection, restricts morals, creates sense of guilt, want us to be angels.
Superego
Sigmund Freud
Created Id, Ego, and Superego.
Sigmund Freud
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