This is a character archetype This type of character is represented as a kind and wise, older father-type figure who uses personal knowledge of people and the world to help tell stories and offer guidance that may impress upon his audience a sense of who they are and who they might become.
Example-Moses Lived from 1391–1271 BC Part of Ancient Middle Eastern Culture Archetype during this culture would most likely be seen in religious figures
Leads his people through the Red Sea in Exodus Must have been wise/important because he was given 10 commandments by God Lived to be 120 years old! One of the most important prophets of all time
Example-Nestor Lived during the Trojan war Was a very wise man but his advice did not always yield desired results Wise men/elders not respected quite as much as in other societies ◦ Such as Ancient China
Elder statesmen of the Greeks during the Trojan War “The master of the courteous word, the clear- voiced orator” Lived to a very great age
Romans took most of their mythology God’s from the Greeks but renamed them. Example-Minerva Roman Empire has often had wise slaves because of their huge dependence on Slavery Roman leaders were not the wisest because of the way they were selected
Goddess of wisdom Often show with an owl, which is a symbol of her wisdom Frequently used on university seals
Example-Mahatma Gandhi Indian Independence movement ◦ Civil rights movement Plenty of Racism going on during time period
Knows that all humans should be treated equal ◦ Fights to stop racism and get rights in South Africa Was not afraid to express what he believed was right ◦ Ends up in prison multiple times because of this Had many great ideas on making peace One of the most influential people of all time
Example-Yoda From Star wars Master of the force
Wisest being in the universe Lived to be over 900 years old Helps the Jedi defeat the Sith with his knowledge of the force and life Spends lots of time meditating on a floating chair
Example-Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter Series ◦ By J.K. Rowling Harry Potter is one of the most read/watched series in modern culture.
Dumbledore is a mentor and example for Harry and the other characters throughout the book He is the most talented wizard in the world Long white beard look Sets up Harry to beat Voldemort