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1 The Emergence of the Collective Unconscious
Archetypes: The Emergence of the Collective Unconscious

2 Archetypes Recurring patterns of situations, characters, or symbols existing universally and instinctively among different cultures.

3 Situational Archetypes
Quest: search for someone or something which when brought back will restore health to the people or land

4 Situational Archetypes
Task: what a hero must do to save the land, win the fair lady, prove one’s rightful place

5 Situational Archetypes
The Initiation: rite of passage to signify adulthood

6 Situational Archetypes
The Journey: A hero goes in search of truth or information to save the people or land; usually he/she descends into a real or psychological hell to discover the truth

7 Situational Archetypes
The Fall: descent from a high to low state of being which involves a loss of innocence; often characters are rejected

8 Situational Archetypes
Death and Rebirth: common to show the duality of the cycle of life and death, spring and winter

9 Situational Archetypes
Nature vs. Mechanistic World: natural order or nature is good; technology separates people from nature and is bad

10 Situational Archetypes
Battle between Good and Evil: future of the world at stake as the two opposing forces battle

11 Situational Archetypes
Unhealable Wound: either real or psychological that cannot fully heal.

12 Situational Archetype
The Ritual: ceremonies that mark rite of passage (e.g. princess becomes a queen)

13 Situational Archetypes
The Magic Weapon: symbolizes extraordinary quality of the hero, no one else can wield the weapon

14 Symbolic Archetypes Light vs. Darkness: light usually means hope or renewal, while darkness is ignorance and despair

15 Symbolic Archetypes Water vs. Desert: water is birth or cleansing, while desert is a place of exile

16 Symbolic Archetypes Heaven vs. Hell: skies and mountains belong to the gods; the bowels and pits of the world hide evil

17 Symbolic Archetypes Innate Wisdom vs. Educated Stupidity: instinctive intelligence vs. book learned ignorance; book smarts vs. street smarts

18 Symbolic Archetypes Haven vs. Wilderness: places of safety vs. dangerous wild places

19 Symbolic Archetypes Supernatural Intervention: gods intervene to help the hero

20 Symbolic Archetypes Fire vs. Ice: fire is light, rebirth, knowledge; ice is darkness, ignorance, death

21 Character Archetypes Hero/Heroine: some of the following must be present in the life of a hero: Mother is virginal An attempt is made to kill mother or child Raised by foster parents (Male) proves himself, becomes king. (Female) has special powers, becomes warrior or spiritual leader Falls from favor with gods Becomes outcast Upon death, body not buried

22 Character Archetypes Young one from provinces: hero leaves kingdom and raised by strangers, later returns and saves kingdom

23 Character Archetypes The Herald: calls hero to action, can be a person, event, or object

24 Character Archetypes The Initiate(s): hero goes through training

25 Character Archetypes Mentor/pupil relationship: teachers to the student (hero); teaches hero how to survive the quest/task

26 Character Archetypes Parent/Child Conflict: usually results from early separation of hero from parent; greater attachment to mentor

27 Character Archetypes Hunting group of companions: band of loyal friends willing to battle together to achieve a common goal

28 Character Archetypes Loyal Retainers: side-kicks to the hero/heroine; duty is to protect the hero

29 Character Archetypes Friendly Beast: animals that aid hero and symbolize how nature is on the hero’s side

30 Character Archetypes The Devil Figure: character is evil incarnate; offers worldly goods for the hero’s soul

31 Character Archetypes Evil Figure with Ultimately Good Heart: saved by love of the hero

32 Character Archetypes The Outcast: figure banished from society for a crime (real or imagined); wanders from place to place

33 Character Archetypes Creature of Nightmare: horrible monster that threatens the life of the hero and is a perversion of the human body

34 Character Archetypes Earth Mother: spiritual & emotional health
The Temptress: brings downfall of hero The Platonic Ideal: inspires, smart but no sex appeal The Damsel in Distress: vulnerable, needs to be saved, trapped by devil figure The Star Crossed Lovers: love affair fated to end tragically

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