Archetypes: Shapeshifter and Trickster

Archetypes: Shapeshifter and Trickster

A guest post by Elizabeth Kobayashi We come to end of our exploration of the basic archetypes! The final two archetypes, Shapeshifter and Trickster, are catalysts for change that may occur at any point in the story. They serve similar functions, luring, deceiving,...
Archetypes: Herald and Threshold Guardian

Archetypes: Herald and Threshold Guardian

Guest post by Elizabeth Kobayashi Sometimes heros need a little bit of a push out the door. Harry Potter may never have left the Dursleys’ if the owls (and ultimately Hagrid) hadn’t come with a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts. Heroes often need prompting to cross the...
Archetypes: Ally and Mentor

Archetypes: Ally and Mentor

Guest post by Elizabeth Kobayashi Where would Frodo be without Gandalf? Where would he be without Samwise Gamgee? Heroes and villains face off in stories, but they rarely do so alone. As we continue to explore the archetypes that make up the stories we know and love,...
Archetypes: Hero and Shadow

Archetypes: Hero and Shadow

  Guest post by Elizabeth Kobayashi Much of the world depends on a level of consistency and repetition in human behavior. Psychologists break behaviors down into personality types and dysfunctions and endless variations on the same basic things. Since stories are...
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