Archetypes: Characters, Narrative and Mind

Phillips, Melanie Anne

Archetypes are not inventions, but representations of elemental human qualities. In fact each embodies a family of qualities not unlike families of elements in the periodic table. This means that while each archetype has many component pieces, they all work in harmony to create a character of singular identity that we recognize as a facet of ourselves, made tangible, so that we might understand that aspect of our inner narrative. This book by noted narrative theorist Melanie Anne Phillips (creator StoryWeaver and Co-creator Dramatica) illuminates the structural and psychological underpinnings of archetypes and illustrates how they represent the processes of our own minds and of the roles we play in life.

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