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The Women of The Game of Thrones: Archetypes

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Takara Arnould

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The Women of The Game of Thrones: Archetypes Archetype: An archetype is a universally understood type of symbolism and or term, statement, or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated. Archetypes are often seen used b writers in myths and storytelling across different cultures.

Jung suggested that the psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.

In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior all fitting into a well rounded steriotype.

In philosophy, archetypes are referred to as ideal forms of the perceived or sensible objects or types.

In the analysis of personality, the term archetype is often broadly used to refer to:
1.A stereotype— a personality type observed multiple times, especially an oversimplification of such a type.
2.An epitome— a personality type exemplified, especially the "greatest" such example.
3.A literary term to express detail

The word archetype derives from the Latin noun archetypum, the latinisation of the Greek noun π (archetupon) and adjective π (archetupos), meaning "first-moulded",[3] which is a compound of (archē,) "beginning, origin"[4] + π (tupos), amongst others "pattern, model, type".

Archetypes were and still are very prominent in folklore and literature for thousands of years, including prehistoric artwork. The use of archetypes to illuminate personality and literature was advanced by Carl Jung early in the 20th century, who suggested the existence of universal contentless forms that channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes. Sansa Stark Catelyn Stark Arya Stark Daenerys Targaryen Cersie Lannister Melisandre Brienne of Tarth Shae The Witch/ The Shadow Witch Shae is a young woman of mystery, as she won't divulge her true origins. She has a Lorathi accent and is obviously not native to Westeros, she says she arrived there ten years ago. She has dreams of wealth and power, despite her low social status as a kept woman. The working girl in life is often known to be shamed and looked down on by those of higher class from her means of making a living, whos quality of heart his far greater than those of higher status. She has a shell covered with a protective, defensive feisty coating but when falling unconditionally in love with the 'Imp' Tyrion Lannister you see a soft hearted, alluring serene side of Shae that makes you forget all about the aggressive take on your first impression. The Androgynous one/ The Warrior woman The self made woman The Princess/ The survivor Catelyn Stark not only easily fits The Mother Archetype with her nurturing nature and deep love and devotion to her family she also fits it through her lack of trust and exceptance towards those not bonded by blood. Catelyn Stark's devotion to her husband and children is profound and constitutes a core virtue of integrity that is recognized and honored by the other characters in the series. Oddly, this Good Wife has a rather incongruous flaw; namely, she dislikes and distrusts Jon Snow, her husband's bastard child, who is so clearly a Good Man (another archetype). That she, a woman of great political insight, is blinded by Snow's very existence doesn't make much sense, but it does allow her to partially inhabit a different archetype: The Evil Stepmother. After facing not only having children taken from her into the hands of the enemy and a beheaded husband, Catelyn is only two things broken and bitter for revenge showing how deep her love for her children and husband truly were and still is. The tomboy is a girl, usually a younger one ( with the implication that she will " grow out of it" who has tastes and behavior often associated with boys creating potential teasing from peers and siblings. Younger daughter of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully, Arya not only has interest in "seen as" masculine things such as riding, archery, sword fighting but a hate for things associated with being " lady like" such as knitting, bathing and manners. Arya was a tomboy and far preferred swordplay to needlework and other lady-like pursuits. After kicking off the Tomboys archetypes tendency to dream and not do of say fighting, battling and riding when faces time of trouble she is clearly metamorphosing into another favorite recent archetype, the Woman Warrior. In times of being alone and in trouble after many years of wanting to do so Arya Stark, the little daughter with a boy's haircut, learns to wield a sword and become an assassin. Jung outlined five main archetypes:
The Self, the regulating center of the psyche and facilitator of individuation,
The Shadow, the opposite of the ego image, often containing qualities with which the ego does not identify, but which it possesses nonetheless,
The Anima, the feminine image in a man's psyche, or
The Animus, the masculine image in a woman's psyche,
The Persona, the image we present to the world, usually protecting the Ego from negative images (like a mask), and considered another of 'the subpersonalities, the complexes'.[9] Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Sansa stark oldest daughter of the stark family through her progression and evolving personality in the series Sansa starts of as the familys little princess and daddys little girl, archetypes often associated with The Damsel in Distress. Than through times of stress, isolation and abuse she evolves into the survivor. She grew up believing in the tales of gallant knights and beautiful princesses, and the prospect of becoming queen was dangled right in front of her. Sent off to a new land to marry whom seemed like her prince charming Sansa was left on cloud 9 over looking the early signs of her king to be Joffree's abusive behaviors often choosing his best interest over her family's. Her Vapid, self absorbed, and naive qualities left Sansa stunned when coming to the realization of the realities of her situation. She was a soon to be wife made to be used beaten and abused by not only " her love" but the very gaurds she thought were to protect her. Seeing as she still has a soft heart maybe not now but in the future if her way of living continues to be as it is I can see Sansa turning into sersie with her skills in manipulation, use of her beauty, determination to obtain more power and her closed heart. They both live my the words " The more people you love the weaker you are." She was innocent from the start. As she began through the series to learn ways to manipulate those around for the sake of her own life, she never let anyone stop seeing her as innocent which is what may had saved her life. She did not have battle courage, or a warriors courage she had a womans courage to do everything and anything she could to stay alive even when it meant staying with those who wish for your head. This young pretty did not at any point have to act masculine the be heroic. "Skin like silk and face like glass, throat of soil and mind of stone." "All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes," Jung explained in his book The Structure of the Psyche. "This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness, not only to recognize and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us." "For the night is dark and full of terrors.We all must choose. Man or woman, young or old, lord or peasant, our choices are the same. We choose light or we choose darkness. ." Melisandre is a Red Priestess of R'hllor and a Shadowbinder, hailing from the eastern city of Asshai. She has joined the entourage of Stannis Baratheon, believing him to be Azor Ahai reborn, a hero destined to defeat the Great Other. She is careful to present herself as mysterious, serene and powerful at any and all times like a shield. The shadow Witch uses their gifts to increase their own power, The Shadow Witch reminds you not to use these abilities to gain power over others as this is not magic but sorcery. Melisandre acts as the darker side or bad influence on Stannis. His shadow. “Woman? Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man." Daenerys Targaryen always with royalty and power in her blood but not always with royalty and power in her hands. Working her way from rags to riches, starting off as a poor princess stuck with an arrogant and abusive brother selling her off to be married to Kahl Drogo of the Dothraki and sending her across the narrow see to live with the inhuman, brutal, uncivilized people he ruled. At first, Daenerys was terrified of Drogo and the Dothraki, but she came to love her husband and lose her fear not only of the Dothraki, but of her brother as well. Rather than just getting by as their new queen she worked to learn their language, live in there ways making her gain their respect, trust and the love of their Kahl. Even after the death of her beloved husband she does not back down as their leader. She is a woman living in a mans world, not just as a meer mans wife but working her way to be all man kinds queen never once letting herself become the Damsel in distress once along the way. "I do not have a soft heart." The Tomboy “Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Quick as a snake. Calm as still water. " Osha The Wild one The wild one not to be mistaken with The Party girl archetype, seeing as The Wild one does not possess the social and flirtatious qualities that The Party Girl does. Osha is a wildling, one of the 'free folk' who live north of the Wall. She worships the Old Gods of the Forest and is knowledgeable about the mythical creatures found in the far north. The Wild one is known to have bad hygiene, poor social skills, and a lack of manners and overall common sense in a civilized world. A nick name commonly given to The Wild One archetypes by others is beast, haggard beast, ugly beast, disgusting beast. Not any disurved names seeing as The Wild Ones such as Osha turn out to be loyal, simple minded, kind folk. Ygritte The comedic/ Free spirit Ygritte a feisty young wilding living by her own ways on her own land under no ones command fits both these stereotypes by simple qualities overtly displaced throughout the series. The free spirit lives to the beat of their own drum just as Ygritte does while she also possesses this comedic, patronizing, flirtatious flare especially towards Jon Snow. A man whos focus is hard to break but a simple taste for the desirable redheaded Wildling. " And everyone else is the enemy." Margaery Tyrell " I dont want to be queen, I want to be The Queen." The Queen Bee The simple and two dimensional archetype, The Queen Bee. Holding in her hands beauty, power, a competitive streak and a talent to manipulate. Queen bee seen as only strong when backed up by loyal followers when her brother dies leaving her with little control over her own kingdom she goes in search for King Joffree's hand in marriage with complete awareness of the situation shes going into working it like a charm working her way to the top. A woman who woman love to hate and men love to love. "The whore with a heart of gold." The working girl/ The good bad girl A masculine female not to be mistaken with the tomboy seeing as these types often go about ridiculed mainly by men through out there life because they can no longer get away with a Tomboy childs boyish charm. These types are often faced with the label of the word Dyke, seeing as their outer appearance often leads others to make false judgments on their sexuality. The Tall, strong, broad shouldered short haired Brienne of Tarth shows the warrior qualities of, selflessness, bravery and loyalty to whom ever she serves. Although from facing much ridicule in her life due to her outer appearance Brienne does have a very soft and sensitive side in which she hides under her rock hard skin. The Seductress Cersei Lannister is the eldest child of Tywin and Joanna Lannister by mere moments, and the twin sister of Jaime Lannister. After Robert's Rebellion she married the new king, Robert Baratheon, and became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms; as well as mother of Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen Baratheon. Cersei is profoundly narcissistic, ruthless, treacherous, ambitious, and cruel but on top of all of these she is undeniably stunning these two sides of her go hand in hand to create the seductress archetype. Those as well as her need for power. Sleeping with her twin brother, betraying her husband and routinely murdering and deceiving to advance the careers of both her self and children. This also giving her a pinch of The Mother Archetype unconditionally loving her three children ( even her monster of a son Joffree)putting everyone and anyone including herselves below them in prioritys. Still with the seductress archetype dominating since shes used her beauty and body to get herself and her chidlren ahead in life all along the way. She is manipulative to say the least, but maybe not as smart as she thinks she is.
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