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What's an Archetype?

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Erin Hawkinson

on 27 August 2013

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Transcript of What's an Archetype?

What's a Literary Archetype?
Literary Archetypes
-building blocks of storytelling

-represent universal
(ex: a baby=
& innocence; a road or train= a life journey)

-certain types of
characters, plots
show up over & over in stories.

Who & When
-Carl Jung (a psychologist) came up with the term. He thought most people fell into certain

-Lit. Teachers: saw characters, plots, settings matched
certain archetypes.

When: Archetypes found in all time periods (& in all
3 Types
(a desert, an island, in wilderness, a garden, a river,etc.)

(the quest, the journey, the fall, the ritual/coming of age, etc.)

(the hero, the villain, the scapegoat, the explorer,etc.)
Some Examples
Settings, Plots, Characters
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