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Character Development

3 Jun
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

Carl Jung’s (and later Joseph Campbell’s) monomyth theory holds that all human stories—across all ages and cultures—experience the same basic journey.

And over the course of that life story, the “hero” (or main character) encounters this cast of characters:

  • Mentor
  • Threshold Guardian
  • Herald
  • Henchmen
  • Shape Shifter
  • Hero’s Shadow (Villain)
  • Trickster
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum George M. Hill Company, 1900

Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance: Continue reading

Story

6 May

Once upon a time, there was a hero.

Source: Shanta Rohse "Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen"

Source: Shanta Rohse “Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen”

(S)he lived in a world where things weren’t perfect, but they were livable. Then something happened to change all that. At first (s)he denied it. Then someone convinced the hero otherwise. (S)he set off to do something. Things challenged the hero along the way. Eventually, (s)he got to the destination and faced the big ordeal, which was of utmost psychological significance to the hero. (S)he got something in return and went on with life, but it was never the same.

Sound familiar?

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