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Mentor Archetype

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Peter Busche

on 7 October 2012

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The Mentor The mentor's guidance and assistance helps the hero mature and gain the independence they will need to be successful on their quest. Definition "Mentors provide heroes with motivation, inspiration, guidance, training, and gifts for the journey, often information or gadgets that come in handy later. Mentors seem inspired by divine wisdom; they are the voice of a god. They stand for the hero’s highest aspirations, Vogler says. The gift or help given by the mentor should be earned by learning, sacrifice, or commitment" (Peterson). Works Cited Peterson, Deb. "The Archetypes of the Hero's Journey." About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. "The Mentor Archetype." The Writing Nut. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. Types of Mentors Comic Mentor Continuing Mentor Dark Mentor Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. N.p.: Vintage International, 1977. Print. Fallen Mentor Inner Mentor A character experiencing a similar journey as the
main hero who have fallen from grace or is undergoing a crisis. The fallen mentors shows heroes what not to do and who not to be.

Example: Jerome Marrow, Gattaca Comic mentors reflect sidekicks, but provide heroes with advice that seems questionable but proves to be the exact solution to obstacles.

Examples: Wallace Wells, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Dark mentors pose as genuine mentors but represent the opposite of the heroes values. They lead the hero into constant peril, and prove to be the hero's ultimate obstacle.

Example: Senator Palpatine, Star Wars By Ian Shelman and Peter Busche An inner mentor is the conscience, ethical code, or relationship with the deceased that a character uses to overcome obstacles.

Example: Yossarian, Catch-22 Continuing mentors are reoccurring characters in a work that give the hero their assignments and help to develop the plot line

Example: Monsieur de Treville, Three Musketeers In Song of Solomon their are two mentors that influence Milkman in opposite respects. Pilate is a continuous mentor that not only helped to bring him into the world, but acts as a type of moral guide and a source of guidance to assist Milkman on his journey. Macon is a dark mentor and although he does help Milkman at times, Macon is the ultimate obstacle that Milkman most overcome to succeed in his journey. Milkman is faced with multiple mentors who counter act the other in his journey, which forces him to separate the good from the bad in order to succeed. Song of Solomon
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