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Archetypal Hero Worksheet

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Archetypal Hero Worksheet

  1. 1. THE ARCHETYPAL HERO COMMON CHARACTERISTICS The archetypal hero appears in all cultures and mythologies around the world. Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell theorize that heroes are an expression of our personal and collective unconscious (the collective unconscious would be things that all people automatically know and understand and therefore explains why everyone in the world associates “white” with purity and “black” with evil, chaos, and the unknown). There are several characteristics that heroes share. Here are some. Harry Potter has already been filled in to show how this works. Fill in how Odysseus and another hero you know fit these characteristics. Characteristic Harry Potter Odysseus Your hero Hero is often of obscure/unusual origin or of royal birth. Parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort when Harry was a baby. His estranged aunt and uncle raise him in the muggle world. Treat him poorly. Hero is neither a fool nor invincible. He is talented, but makes a lot of mistakes. Often gets in trouble, but is cunning enough to make it out safely with help. Hero is called upon to make a journey or to follow a goal/quest. Has mini journeys every book. Must fight against Voldemort. In final story he must find all horcruxes and destroy them. Hero faces dangers, loneliness, and temptations. Basilisk, Chamber of secrets, Werewolves, Dementors, Dolores Umbridge, Snape. Feels like no one else understands him. Is often troubled over his parent’s death. Could have unlimited power or given into dark magic. Friends, servants, and/or disciples usually accompany the hero. Ron, Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, Snape, Order of the Phoenix, etc. Many people at Hogwarts or the wizard world constantly look after Harry. Hero has guide(s)—usually supernatural. Ghosts of parents, magical objects, Harry’s mother’s protection spell, Dumbledore’s charms. Hero descends into darkness and is not the same after emerging. Harry literally dies temporarily when he faces Voldemort. He goes through many “dark” experiences destroying horcruxes. Hero’s journey is a symbol of what he hopes to find. He does not keep the elder wand. He represents the best of the wizard world. With few exceptions, archetypal heroes are male. True. True.

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