Archetype refers to a universal symbol or pattern that recurs in myths, stories, and other forms of literature across different cultures and time periods. Archetypes can be characters, motifs, themes, or symbols that represent a particular idea, trait, or experience that is shared by humans. They are often used to create a sense of familiarity or resonance with the audience, and can convey complex meanings and emotions in a simple and direct way.
Examples of archetype:
The Hero – This archetype represents a character who goes on a journey or quest to achieve a goal, and often faces obstacles and challenges along the way. Examples include Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and Frodo Baggins.
The Mentor – This archetype represents a wise and experienced character who provides guidance and advice to the hero. Examples include Gandalf, Yoda, and Dumbledore.
The Villain – This archetype represents a character who opposes the hero and embodies evil or negative qualities. Examples include Voldemort, Darth Vader, and Sauron.
The Trickster – This archetype represents a character who uses cunning and deception to achieve their goals. Examples include Loki, Hermes, and Puck.
The Mother Figure – This archetype represents a nurturing and protective character who provides emotional support and guidance to the hero. Examples include Mrs. Weasley, Aunt May, and Molly Grue from “The Last Unicorn.”