The forest is a mysterious place; in legends and fairy tales, they are usually inhabited by mysterious creatures, symbols of all of the dangers with which young people must contend if they are to become adults. It is a place of testing, a realm of death holding the secrets of nature which man must penetrate to find meaning. In analytical psychology, the forest represents feminity in the EYES of a young man, an unexplored realm full of the unknown. It stands for the unconscious and its mysteries.
The forest has great connection with the symbolism of the mother, it is a place
where life thrives. However, it must also be noted that it can be seen as a
contrast with the city and comfort of the home, "the forest harbors all
kinds of dangers and demons, enemies and diseases" - Zimmer in Cirlot (112).
The home of the outlaws. Since it is outside cultivation, it is often outside
reason and intellect.
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