What does the sea symbolize in literature


Keyword: sea

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Definition: The sea is understood to be the expansive mass of water surrounding the mainland, which covers a large part of the earth's surface (over 70%).

Information: The breadth, size and depth of the sea is also used to denote a great number, quantity of something or abundance (a sea of ​​light and color, a sea of ​​flowers).

Interpretation: The vastness, size and depth of the sea have apparently impressed people from time immemorial. For him it became a place of longing, of mystery, of the origin and the goal of human existence, of eternity and timelessness. These aspects and the life-producing abundance and life-devouring power of the sea have made the sea a symbol of the unconscious in depth psychology and, in a somewhat more personalized form, of the Great Mother from whom man emerges and to whom he ultimately returns .

Many other aspects that humans associate with the sea can also be related to the unconscious and maternal: The sea as a place of vacation, of peace, security, relaxation, regeneration and healing; as an opportunity for intensive full-body experience, for adventure, discovery and expansion of the horizon of life; as a place of meditation, which helps people to reflect back on the finitude as well as the infinity of life, on the eternal rhythm of growth and decay, on the alternation of ebb and flow in emotional experience, on smallness and relativity of individual life and the size of collective life, on the "eternal" values. The sea can bring people into direct contact with the impersonal force of nature and help them to gain an adequate human relation to it.

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Author: N. N.