The psychologist Carl Jung spent a lot of time trying to understand the unconscious side of a person's personality, the hidden things that influence us even though we're not really aware of them. Jung believed that over time, certain symbols — a.k.a. archetypes
— were repeated so often in fairytales and myths and legends that they sort of sank down deep into everyone's brains. Or maybe the symbols were already there and that's why they show up in stories. (It's a bit of a chicken-and-the-egg question.) Either way, the result is that we all have very complex personalities that contain a bit of each of these archetypes, and Jungian psychologists work with patients to get in touch with these hidden layers of themselves.
Using the Cinderella story as an example, let's look for evidence of three of Jung's major archetypes:
You might decide that other characters fit these archetypes better that the ones above, and that's perfectly okay! There are also a few more archetypes associated with Jung. As you go through the rest of the cast, start to also think about how you might have a bit of Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, and even Evil Stepmother lurking within your own personality.