What is an archetype? My teacher keeps talking about it, but I am stumped. Could you please give a couple of examples?

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npdckrsn | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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An archtype is a repeated image that comes down from human experience as a pattern or a symbol. For instance, something that has "fallen" may be as splendid as Lucifer becoming Satan or as simple as Humptey Dumptey becoming a scrambled egg. The idea remains that the one who sets himself up above others is setting himself up for a fall. Some archtypes come to us as myths and some as characters in modern movies--think Lord of the Rings.

I hope that this helps.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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An archetype is an original or fundamental imaginative pattern that is repeated through the ages.

For example, in Star Wars, you've got:

*the evil villain (Darth Maul, Darth Vader, the Emperor)

*the damsel in distress (Princess Leia)

*the hero (Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker)

*the sage or wise man (Yoda, the Jedi Counsel)

By now, you're probably getting the idea.  There are the Mom characters, the people who sell their souls to the Devil characters, the rebels, the people who never do anything wrong. 

These are the character types who show up over and over again in literature no matter what era.

Hope this helps!

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roadrunner146 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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When the teacher says something that you do not understand, it is at that point that you raise your hand and ask a question. Learn this before you go to college