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Transcript of Archetype Project
The hero is the classic character archetype. The hero often comes from a dark background, is brave, noble, selfless, and willing to perform acts of extreme self sacrifice for the greater good. The hero often has conflict with his or her family, is often "helped along" by a supernatural power, and restores the peace in a difficult situation. The hero cares for others more than him or herself and usually does the morally right thing.
What is an archetype?
An archetype is an image, story-pattern, or character type that recurs frequently and evokes strong, often unconscious, associations in the reader. It comes from the Greek word arkhetupos.
Haven VS Wilderness
Haven VS wilderness is a classic symbolic archetype. It shows a sharp contrast between places of safety and harmony and places of fear and wilderness and danger and unknown. The hero is usually forced from his or her "haven" into a scary wilderness situation and it represents the transition from safety and security to danger and fear. For example, when the ship sinks in Titanic the passengers are thrown from the security and luxury of their expensive ship and their knowledge that nothing could sink it and they were 100% safe to drowning and freezing in the water after the unsinkable ship sank. This shows the contrast between safety - the ship - and wilderness/danger - the ocean.
The fall is a classic situational archetype where the hero or main character faces downfall from a place of peace or happiness to death and destruction. The fall is often shown as a punishment for the hero or main character. A classic example is the Titanic. Jack and Rose are on top of the world when they are on the ship headed for a new life in New York. But when the ship sinks, Jack dies in the water and Rose's life is ruined when she makes it to shore. Their downfall is a classic example of The Fall archetype.
The three archetypes
In conclusion, there are three types of archetypes - situational, character, and symbolic. The symbolic archetype I researched was haven vs wilderness - the ship versus the ocean in titanic, the character archetype was the hero - Jack in titanic, and the situational archetype was the fall - the ship sinking.