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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

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

9 Nov

One evening last week, Szaba, Pavlov, and I were headed out for our evening walk. The sun had broken through the clouds and a fall drizzle hung in the air. I told her, “Keep an eye out for rainbows. They venture out in this kind of weather.”

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