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Archetype Project

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Olivia Strine

on 28 April 2014

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An example of a hero archetype is Jack in Titanic. Jack gives his life to save Rose, and acts of self-sacrifice like this are considered to be the exemplary trait of a classic hero. Jack comes from a poor family and isn't on good terms with his family. Jack suffers the abuse of first class passengers of the Titanic, and Jack proves himself as the hero when he puts Rose on the floating door in the ocean and dies himself. Jack is the classic hero because he fulfills many of the qualities of a typical hero. Jack is brave, noble, and selfless just like the classic hero character.
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
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.
olivia strine
Archetype Project
The Hero
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.
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