From The Fairy Tale Forest
Copyright © 2006 by Karen Elizabeth Guerin
forests came to represent the edge of civilization and the unconscious part of the human mind, a place of entry into another world.
the Arthurian fairy-tale hero Perceval grows up in a forest, with the forest symbolizing the child’s consciousness, because of its plant and animal life and its restricted horizon (39)
from a Jungian perspective, the forest is essentially a battleground between the real and the unreal world, the higher consciousness of the mature adult, and the lower world of childhood fantasy (Heuscher 303-302).
The wood is a common symbol for the human being’s loss or abandonment of previous values and securities