In English class we have been learning all about character archetypes, so I am going to write this blog about character archetypes.
Archetypes are images or ideas that have passed through many generations without really changing.For example, almost every culture has a story like Cinderella but with minor changes.
Here is a list of the different types of archetypes and some examples of characters that could resemble the archetype.....
The Initiate- Young heroes that undergo training prior to their quest- an example of this would be Hercules because he has to go through training in order to start his quest and become a god.
Mentor/Sage- Older, wiser teacher to the initiate - an example of this would be Haymitch in The Hunger Games.This is because he has experienced the Hunger Games before so he can teach Peeta and Katniss about the games before they have to go compete.
Threshold Guardian- Tests the hero's courage and worthiness to begin the journey.
Hunting Group of Companions- Loyal companions willing to face hardship and ordeal in order to stay together- an example of this would be the Seven Dwarfs in Snow White because they stick together with Snow White no matter what.
A Loyal Retainer- A loyal friend who reflects the good qualities of the hero- an example of this would be Buzz Lightyear to Woody in Toy Story.
Friendly Beast- An animal companion showing that nature is on the side of the hero- an example of this would be Hedwig ( Harry Potter's pet) from the Harry Potter series.
The Shadow- A worthy opponent with whom the hero must struggle in a fight to the end- an example of this would be Darth Vader from Star Wars.
The Devil Figure- An evil incarnate. The character who offers worldly goods, fame, or knowledge to the protagonist in exchange for his soul- an example of this would be Ursula from the Little Mermaid because she offers Ariel her chance to walk on land but at the price of her voice.
Evil Figure With a Good Heart- A devil figure with the potential to be good. This person is usually saved by the good of the hero- an example of this would be Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.
Creature of Nightmare- A monster usually summoned from the deepest, darkest part of the human psyche to threaten the lives of the hero- an example of this would be Godzilla.
The Platonic Ideal- A women who is a source if inspiration to the hero- an example of this would be Hermione from the Harry Potter series.
Damsel in Distress- A vulnerable women who needs to be rescued by the hero- an example of this would be Sleeping Beauty.
White Goddess- Good, beautiful maiden who may make an ideal marriage partner. Often has religious or intellectual overtones- an example of this would be the princess Cinderella.
Star Crossed Lovers- Two characters engaged in a love affair that fated to end tragically for one or both due to the disapproval of others, or some tragic situation- an example of this would be William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.