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Archetypes. Models of people, behaviours , or personalities. They stem from people’s “collective unconscious”: we are born with them present within us. Despite being a modern term, Epics had a number of prominent archetypes. What are archetypes ?.

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what are archetypes

Models of people, behaviours, or personalities.

  • They stem from people’s “collective unconscious”: we are born with them present within us.
  • Despite being a modern term, Epics had a number of prominent archetypes.
What are archetypes?
the hero

Unusual birth: royal or divine parent(s), prophesised birth.

  • Leaves family and lives with others.
  • Forced into quest due to traumatic circumstances.
  • Special/magical weapon.
  • Assistance granted by gods or God.
The Hero
the father

Stern, authoritative, powerful, masculine.

  • Associated with law, order, and discipline.
  • Positive father figures: judges, kings, leaders, fathers, and gods.
  • Negative father figures: those who overreach themselves (usurpers, tyrants).
The Father
wise old man

Guidance, knowledge, wisdom.

  • Personification of masculine spirit.
  • Wise Woman would be his opposite
Wise Old Man
the maiden

Innocence, purity, desire.

  • Can be reckless and self-destructive, or dutiful and obedient.
The Maiden
persona

How we present ourselves to the world.

  • Latin for mask
  • The figurative masks we wear in different settings and with different people.
Persona