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ARCHETYPES. World Literature Ms. M. Riddick. What is an archetype?. A pattern that appears in literature across cultures and is repeated through the ages. An archetype can be a character , plot , an image/symbol , or a setting (EOL World Literature 1177 ). Common Archetypes .

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archetypes

ARCHETYPES

World Literature

Ms. M. Riddick

what is an archetype
What is an archetype?
  • A pattern that appears in literature across cultures and is repeated through the ages.
  • An archetype can be a character, plot, an image/symbol, or a setting (EOL World Literature 1177).
common archetypes
Common Archetypes

CHARACTERS

  • Angel / Fairy Godmother
  • Hero
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Archetypal characters
  • Angels / Fairy godmothers are typically represented as winged beings
    • who intervene in times of great need
    • or for the purpose of delivering a message of guidance or instruction from higher beings to humans.
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Archetypal characters

Who is this angel / fairy godmother?

Glinda, the good witch, from The Wizard of Oz

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Archetypal characters
  • Who is this angel / fairy godmother?

From Disney’s Cinderella

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Archetypal characters

Hero—a character who

in the face of danger & adversity or from a position of weakness,

displays courage and a will for self-sacrifice for some greater good.

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Archetypal characters

Who is this hero?

Harry Potter

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Archetypal characters

Indiana

Jones

Who is this hero?

now you try
Now you try. . .

What archetypal character is present in Pandora’s myth?

  • Temptress / Siren—Characterized by sensuous beauty, this woman is attractive and ultimately brings about downfall.
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Common Archetypes:

PLOT

  • Battle between good and evil
  • The task
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Archetypal Plots:
  • Battle between good and evil
  • a battle between two primal forces. Mankind shows eternal optimism in the continual portrayal of good triumphing over evil despite great odds.
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Archetypal PlotsGood vs. Evil
  • What film presents this plot?
    • A war re-erupts on Earth between two robotic clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, leaving the fate of mankind hanging in the balance.
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Archetypal PlotsGood vs. Evil

What film presents this plot?

Transformers

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Archetypal PlotsGood vs. Evil
  • What film presents this plot?
    • Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
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Archetypal PlotsGood vs. Evil

What film presents this plot?

Star Wars

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Archetypal Plots:
  • The Task
  • To save the kingdom, win the fair lady, to identify himself so that he may resume his rightful position,
  • the hero must perform some superhuman deed.
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Archetypal PlotsThe task
  • What film presents this plot?
    • An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.
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Archetypal PlotsThe task

What film presents this plot?

Shrek

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Archetypal PlotsThe task
  • What film presents this plot?
    • Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
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Archetypal PlotsThe task

What film presents this plot?

Pirates of the Caribbean

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Now you try. . .

What archetypal plot is present in Pandora’s myth?

  • The Fall—the descent from a higher to a lower state of being usually as a punishment for transgression. It also involves the loss of innocence.
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Common Archetypes:

IMAGE / SYMBOL

  • Castle—A strong place of safety which holds treasure or princess, may be enchanted or bewitched.
  • Ice—ice, like the desert, represents ignorance, darkness, sterility, and death.
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Common Archetypes Cont’d:
  • IMAGE / SYMBOL
    • Colors
      • Red: blood, sacrifice, passion
      • Blue: highly positive, security, tranquility, spiritual purity
      • Black: darkness, chaos, mystery, the unknown, death, wisdom, evil, melancholy
archetypal symbols the castle ice
Archetypal SymbolsThe Castle & Ice

The Chronicles

of Narnia:

The Lion,

the Witch, and the Wardrobe

What film presents these two symbols?

archetypal symbols colors red blue black
Archetypal SymbolsColors: Red, Blue, & Black

Spiderman 3

What movie presents a character dressed in red and blue sometimes and black in others?

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Now you try. . .

What archetypal symbol is present in Pandora’s myth?

  • Locked container—symbolizes temptation or need to “unlock” the container’s secrets, often at the peril of others
  • Woman—punishment for man, brings evil upon man