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Mythological and Archetypal Reading of Fuentes' Aura and Ligotti's The Last Feast of Harlequin Mythological and archetypal techniques combined together with the interpretation of symbolism located within a piece of literature tells the reader something about the brain and temperament of a culture or people. Not only does it allow you to delve deeper in this collective thoughts and speculate about the significance of a particular job, it can provide you some thing more. I believe that by using these techniques you also receive a better glimpse into the main character's state of mind. In addition, it gives you clues as to is going on 'behind the scenes' that will influence the character's psychological condition. The texts I selected for this particular article are Fuentes' Aura and Thomas Ligotti's The Last Feast of Harlequin. Both are dark stories that are filled with symbolism. Interpreting some of this symbolism may tell us exactly why the main character acts the way he does and what his psychological condition is throughout the story. The key characters in the stories are similar. Both are young guys who are well educated, together with a single who attended Harvard and another people who attended the Sorbonne in Paris. The two guys are both teachers, every working on his own 'life work'. Interestingly enough, neither story mentions any close family or friends the main characters may have. Fuentes' Aura is definitely a strange story. It is hypnotic; it pulls you in with its slow, enchanting fashion. That's the way I would explain this twisted love story that finishes quite surprisingly. Within this story there is symbolism that helps the reader to understand it even better. First, we'll explore a number of the rituals which could show us there has been an effect on Felipe's psychological state. Darkness abounded in Senora Consuelo's.