This analysis discusses the themes and symbols presented in the short animated film Serpent, Shadow, and Cyborg by Sara Karl. Jungian theory about the "archetype" and "shadow archetype" are juxtaposed with Donna Haraway's "cyborg myth" to subvert the notion of dualistic perception and focus on the process of interpretation. By interpreting symbols presented in stories, the mind engages in play, or practice, of engaging with the archetype so that it may better connect with information that is presented in various other forms in daily life. Dualistic perception is becoming ever more problematic in our society and harming the relationship with the archetype. The cyborg suggests a multifaceted sensory perception that can account and integrate all aspects of the archetype therefore balancing the health of the archetype.
Karl, Sara, "Serpent, Shadow, & Cyborg: Active Interpretation in a Sea of Information" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 523.