So, I'm starting a feature on Monday spotlighting an archetype in literature - calling it archetypal awareness :)
To start with, and to keep this post from becoming too long, I thought I would just give a quick explanation of what an archetype is.
Carl Jung started studying stories from all across the globe and realized there were patterns in the stories being told. He explored the idea of the collective unconscious - something that is present in the minds of people across cultures and time period, kind of like a memory that all humanity has. Joseph Campbell took this idea and further explored it, recognizing that Jung was right and wrote many books about it. This is why there are so many stories that we hear people say, "It's just like when _______ does ________."
There are archetypes of themes, symbols, images, characters, plots, settings showing up in dreams, myths, fairy tales, folklore, religion and literature.
In fact, Star Wars is so full of archetypes that a full (really well done and entertaining) documentary was created explaining them.
(This is the full thing - 90 minutes. I warned you.)
Do you know much about archetypes? Have you studied much of either Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell?