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Literary Archetypes (Sleeping Beauty) by Makhi Hughes

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Transcript of Literary Archetypes (Sleeping Beauty) by Makhi Hughes

The Mother Figure/ Fairy Godmother(s)
The Villain
The Prince Charming
This character is sent off on a quest to rescue the damsel in distress and become the hero of his town/kingdom. He is usually tall, handsome, has a high social status, and is essentially seen as the perfect male.
The Damsel in Distress
The Journey
Prince Philip must go through a series of obstacles in order to defeat Maleficent and save his kingdom from crumbling.
In Fairy tales the setting usually takes place in a kingdom, castle, cave, countryside, etc. It lay outs the simple information for readers/viewers (time period, surroundings, background info., etc.
Sleeping beauty takes place in a far away kingdom during the fourteenth century.
Archetypal Themes are the underlining meaning or main idea in the story; such as coming of age, good overcoming evil, loss of innocence, struggles with self, etc.
Love conquers all; The success of true love not only affects Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip but the kingdom as a whole.

The Magic Weapon
This symbolizes the extraordinary quality of the hero because no one else can wield the weapon or use it to its full potential. It is usually given by a mentor figure.
Flora bestows an enchanted shield of virtue and a mighty sword of truth to Prince Phillip after rescuing him from the evil castle.
Sleeping Beauty Literary Archetypes
by Makhi Hughes

The character whose main goal is to oppose the hero or whom the hero must defeat.

What is an archetype?
By Definition:
A very typical example of a certain person or thing.
An original that has been imitated.
A recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.

A formula or pattern used in storytelling.

Maleficent is the Villain/ Evil Fairy in
Sleeping Beauty
that must be defeated after she casts a deadly spell on Princess Aurora and presents multiple obstacles for the characters throughout the story.
Prince Phillip matches all of the characteristics of a prince charming; he rescues Princess Aurora, defeats Maleficent (with the help of her fairy godmothers), and becomes the towns hero.
A young woman who needs to be rescued and is often used as a trap to lure in the hero.
Princess Aurora is the damsel in distress throughout the story. She has been put under a spell and must be kissed by Prince Phillip in order to reverse the spell and save the kingdom from crumbling.
Character Archetypes

Another mother figure in the story who guides and directs the hero or underdog.
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are Princess Aurora's fairy godmothers. In the story, they take in Aurora and help Prince Philip defeat Maleficent.
Situational Archetypes

Describes the search for someone or some talisman which, when found and brought back, will restore fertility to a wasted land, the desolation of which is mirrored by a leader’s illness and disability
Archetypal Setting
Last but not least .....Colors
Colors can symbolize a wide variety in story telling, whether it be moods, surroundings, or the condition of a person. One example would the color red; it can symbolize blood, passion, anger, sacrifice, disorder, etc.
Maleficent is known as the evil fairy and because of this her character is often dressed in black which represents darkness, the unknown, evil, and mystery.
The Animal Helpers
Princess Aurora's animal friends help and protect her from the evil fairy throughout the story.
These animals assist the protagonist character and reflect nature on the hero's side.
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