Presentation on theme: "The Monomyth’s Major Archetypal Characters The one story that rules them all comprised of the various character types that keep showing up."— Presentation transcript:
The Monomyth’s Major Archetypal Characters The one story that rules them all comprised of the various character types that keep showing up.
The Great 8 Characters… Hero Mentor Threshold Guardian Herald Shapeshifter Shadow Trickster Allies (sidekicks) Think of these as various jobs at McDonalds
McDonalds needs various types of workers to make everything work. All 8 “jobs” work together to make a great thing happen. Yummy…french fries! Get in my belly! Wait…there’s no one operating the fryer to create that golden brown stick of potatoey goodness? This is no good! Someone fill that dude’s shoes! NOW!!!!!
Archetype 1: HERO The protagonist that answers the call of duty and separates himself/herself from the normal world. Sacrifices self for the sake of the journey and its potential to help others. S/he accepts the challenge, goes on a quest, and restores a balance. We experience the journey through the eyes of the HERO.
They are all the same. Can you name more? They provide: Insight (understanding and knowledge) Training (preparation for success) Motivation (you can do it)
Archetype 3: THRESHOLD GUARDIAN Protects the special world and the secrets it contains Tests the hero and makes him/her pass tests to prove worth, ability and dedication The mentor can act as a threshold guardian. The guardian is not necessarily an antagonist or “bad guy.” It will be me when some punk tries to date my daughter. He’ll have to get through me! You may pass me when you give me vocab!
Announces coming change and issues challenges (go on a journey (Gandalf) or discover the truth (Morpheus) Could be a person (Gandalf to Bilbo/Frodo) or an event or force (a dark cloud or storm looming over a hero’s village) The herald is like the match that starts the fire. The herald ignites the hero’s journey.
Archetype 5: Shapeshifter A character’s who assistance is not quite clear Could be a “shady” character that might help or might hurt (Shay or Han Solo or Gollum) Keeps you on edge wondering what will happen Doesn’t have to physically change shape (like Jacob does in Twilight series) Could mislead or deceive; is cynical and sarcastic Keeps hero on guard
Archetype 6: Shadow Not always “bad” or “evil”—just the opposite of the hero(ine) Creates conflict and brings two different worlds together May represent the protagonist’s fears or desires (that stuff of the unconscious) Hero’s enemies or villains often wear the shadow mask to destroy the hero and/or his cause
Archetype 7: Trickster Could be funny and make us laugh This character shows the absurdity of the situation the hero is in Enjoys watching the status quo being altered Shows how things are spinning out of control
Archetype 8: Allies (sidekicks) Fills in gaps where hero is deficient (skills or knowledge) Represents virtues of hero (could be one sidekick or a team) Support system (the mentor is more of a teacher) Allows hero to complete journey