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Female Archetypes in Literature and Traditional Gender Roles

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Female Archetypes in Literature and Traditional Gender Roles
"Innocent" Maiden
-most common female archetype
-"innocence adds to appeal"
Wife/Mother
nurturing character
Temptress
Crone
wicked witch
or
protectors and advisers
a "wise" women
Female Archetypes in Literature
Traditional
Gender Roles

Patriarchal or
Classic Gender Roles
Men are Superior to Women
BIOLOGICALLY
Okay so what does that have to do with classical and modern female archetypes in literature
Recurring Character Patterns and Models
Four Main Types
Maiden
Wife/Mother
Temptress
Crone
Assertion
vs.
Subversion
Effect on Classical Gender Roles
Rewards for Fulfilling
Certain Gender Roles
Nancy Drew
Cinderella
Jane Eyre

Uninterested Maiden
-usually "chaste"-
Boss or Crusader

Athena
Wonder Woman
Buffy
Xena
Good Girl
Who from
Ginger Snaps?
-assert/subvert?
-"good girl" vs "bad girl"?
-reward?
-patriarchal vs feminist?
Loyal
Obedient
"Selfless"
Submissive
no character to the point of practical invisibility
Good/Bad
depends on parent/child figure
Who in Ginger Snaps?
-assert/subvert?
-"good girl" vs "bad girl"?
-reward?
-patriarchal vs feminist?
Flat character
Exist as a "distraction" tool for men

greek mythology monsters
Bad Girl
Bad End
Who from Ginger Snaps?
-assert/subvert?
-"good girl" vs "bad girl"?
-reward?
-patriarchal vs feminist?
Destroyers
blamed for societies downfalls
Good/Neutral Girl
no reward for "timeless" characters
Who From Ginger Snaps
-assert/subvert?
-"good girl" vs "bad girl"?
-reward?
-patriarchal vs feminist?
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