Essay On Archetypes

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9/10/11 Archetypes Most of the people that I come in contact with everyday fit in with a certain fictional archetype. Some of the most commonly seen archetypes in people are the epic heroes, the reluctant heroes, the sages, and the villains. The epic hero is a person who has multiple good virtues. Epic heroes have a lot of skill, and put them to use to help others. One example of a fictional epic hero is Harry Potter. Harry Potter had multiple positive virtues such as honesty, bravery, courage, and kindness. He also is very generous, and risks his life to help everyone else. An example of an epic hero in real life is Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman helped countless slaves escape to freedom. She risked her own life multiple times in order to help others. Another archetype classification of people is the reluctant hero. The reluctant hero is usually one who has no generous purpose in mind, but ends up saving the day. Another explanation of the reluctant hero more shown in fictional settings is a person who has the intent of helping themselves, however selflessly helps others in the end. A fictional example of the reluctant hero is Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. In the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, Jack Sparrow sets out to find the fountain of youth in order to give himself a drink; however after arriving at the fountain with all the ingredients necessary, Jack Sparrow gives the drink to a dying woman, and loses the chance forever. Jack Sparrow showed a lot of kindness and generosity even though his intentions at first were the opposite. Another example of a fictional reluctant hero is Lightning McQueen in the movie Cars. In the final race, Lightning McQueen had the intention to win 1st, and was about to, but he gave up 1st place in order to help another car finish the race. In real life I classify as a reluctant hero. Many

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