Trickster – Shadow

Trickster – Shadow
Clowns Description


The clown has become a common figure through which we engage shadow, in part because the shadow represents a contrast with the smiling mask - with the persona. The dark clown represents shadow beneath our cultural persona.


REBEL: Whatever part of the psyche is repressed by its current configuration wants to disrupt that order so it can exist. Jung calls this the shadow, which is the repressed and unacknowledged self that wants nothing more than to not be the shadow, it wants to be seen. For the repressed to be seen it typically has to trick the ruler that isn’t allowing it to be seen. The Shadow thus acts to trick and disrupt the ruler of the psyche. In myth, as Jung points out, this is the trickster. In the animal kingdom, we often see the Fox as the trickster. In a civilization, the trickster is often the jester jabbing at the King. In a school, this is the class clown or Bart Simpson. Loki is a perfect example of a trickster, and, perhaps the best example of a cultural shadow as trickster is Joker. The function of the Joker is to disrupt society with its own repressions—to bring its own shadow into the light, which often requires a trick.