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2014 - Understanding Archetypes

Characters, Situations, Images & Symbols

Micki Clark

on 11 August 2016

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Understanding Archetypes:
Mrs. Clark's English 2 A

An ARCHETYPE is a pattern, symbol, or theme that can be found universally throughout literature. There are three major categories (characters, symbols/situations, and images).

tragic hero
star-crossed lovers
What's the difference in archetypes and stereotypes?
An ARCHETYPE is the original version after which all others are modeled. A STEREOTYPE is a specific, generalized interpretation. For example, the STEREOTYPICAL super hero is someone in lots of spandex with a cape. The Shrek movies buck the stereotype by having a hero that's not dashing or handsome...at least, not until he changes. However, the ARCHETYPE of the hero is still present even though Shrek doesn't fit the STEREOTYPE. Make sense? Let's look at some lists of archetypes.
Certain colors are universal symbols.
Certain situations are also universal.
The Personal Mandala Project
Step 1: Look at each of these pictures. Without talking, write down the first of each category that comes to your mind.
animals - plants - colors - shapes - numbers - gems/minerals - natural elements
Step 2: These seven items are called your "sun" images...the seven things you are MOST like. You can always go back and change one of your images later if you need to--so don't waste time agonizing over the perfect animal.
Step 3: In your second column, write an adjective modifying each of the seven images you've just selected.
Step 4: For each of the seven adjectives, find ANTONYMS. Fill them in the chart.
Step 5: Now, try and think of an image that represents each of the antonyms. For example, if you have "shy" in your first column, what's an animal that might be considered shy?
Step 6: Write a sentence for each of your sun images below the chart. "I am like the _______ because I _______."
Step 7: In the circle on the back of your sheet, draw each of your sun and shadow images. NO WORDS...just colors, shapes, or images. Write a sentence around the outside of the top half of the circle using as many of your sun images as you can. Then, write a sentence around the bottom half of the circle using the shadow images. Please don't merely list the images! ;)
If I asked you to name an animal, which would you pick?
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