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Archetypes/Symbolism/Theme in Film
Transcript of Archetypes/Symbolism/Theme in Film
Common Image Archetypes
To create and develop richer characters that the audience can connect with on a deeper level
Recycling archetypes saves writers and directors time and energy.
What do these colors represent?
Archetypes are recurring images, symbols, characters, settings, and patterns that give literature and film unity. These recurring patterns are universal to the human experience, so they appear in all different cultures and time periods, constantly reused.
Heavenly bodies: moon and sun
Images depicting seasons
A person, object, action, place, or event that, in addition to its literal meaning, suggests a more complex meaning or range of meanings.
Why are archetypes/symbols used in film?
Orange, Red, Black
Symbolism in Film
People as Symbols
Title of the Story
Narrator’s or Character’s Statement(s)
Arrangement of Events
Point of View
Changes in Character
THEME AND CONFLICT
Theme is NOT:
expressed in a single word
the purpose of a work
expressed as a sentence.
a revelation about the subject or about human nature
The central idea, or insight, about life or human behavior that a story reveals. Themes reveal human truths. Example: Living a simple life leads to greater personal freedom.
In most stories, the theme is not stated directly. Instead, it is revealed to us through the characters’ experiences.
Human v Human
Theme is often related to conflict, but the following are types of conflict, not themes.
Human vs Nature
Human vs Society
Human vs Self (inner)
Action as a Symbol
Identifying the Theme
To identify the theme, be sure to consider the story’s plot, the way the story uses characterization, and the primary conflict in the story. Consider the following for help:
Narrator and Character statements
Arrangement of events
Point of view
Changes in character
What might be some themes for Finding Nemo?
Aladdin Plot Structure Example
Common events or experiences seen throughout stories in may different genres:
Death and Rebirth
Nature vs Technology (Avatar)
Good vs Evil (Simba vs Scar in
The Lion King
The Unhealable Wound (Darth Vader)
Watch the following short film. Come up with one-word motifs first, then create a sentence based on that topic that captures what the creator believes about that topic.