We are working our way through the Jungian Archetypes we should be using in our writing. Are you still having difficulty figuring these things out? Think about this, what role do you play in your friends and families lives? Now, as you think about it, you can, and probably will play different roles with different people.
For example, I love to surround myself with amazing people who are far smarter than me. In those cases, I am the Student. I love learning from my friends. However, there are other times I am the Teacher/Mentor. I ain’t no spring chicken so you wouldn’t be wrong if you labeled me the Wise Old Woman. I am a mother to awesome-sauce women. I fall into the Queen/Mother role. I prefer Queen, thank you very much. I also take on the motherly role to many young people I interact with as well. Trickster, oh, you have no idea how childish I can be when we are playing games. Ha! I am sneaky and love it. Warrior? I did serve in the Air Force during Desert Storm, so…sure, I’m a warrior…and so on.
Once you figure out who you are to different people, it will become easier to figure out the roles of your characters in your story. But first, food. Shocked you! I want a fresh cuppa too, but I am a Starvin’ Marvin right now. Need nom-noms. I see a vanilla granola bar and Honeycrisp apple in my immediate future. Along side a fresh new cuppa coffee of course. Happiness…mmmmm. Go grab yourself a refill and a nibble while I roll out the reading rug. Don’t forget your copy of The Anatomy of Story by John Trudy. We are currently on the bottom of page 68. Yes, you should buy a copy if you haven’t yet. Get to it!
Strength: The enforcer of what is right.
Inherent Weaknesses: Can live under the rule of, “kill or be killed.” They could have the believe that weakness needs to be eliminated.
Examples: Hector in the Iliad, Skywalker and Solo in Star Wars, Patton, Die Hard and more.
Magician or Shaman
Strength: Can control the hidden forces of the world (this or any world you create in your novel).
Inherent Weaknesses: Can use their ability to enslave others and possibly destroy the natural world around them.
Examples: Harry Potter series, Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars, and detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Nick Charles.
The trickster is a lower form of magician in the archetype and is popular in modern tales.
Strength: Confident and skilled in words to get what they want. Trickery by manipulation.
Inherent Weaknesses: These characters tend to care only about themselves. Greedy.
Examples: Men in Black, Loki in Norse mythology and the Marvel movies, Hannibal Lecter, Oliver Twist, Tom Sawyer, and more.
So, who are you? Have you figured out your roles? Let me know.
Up next, we will look at the roles of Artist or Clown, Lover, and Rebel.
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