The 8 Archetypes for Storytelling

The 8 Archetypes for Storytelling

When you are writing any story you really need to put some thought into the character development and in order to do that you must first consider the relationships the characters are going to have and the changes they are going to go through in the story.  You can reference the eight architypes with this: hero, mentor, threshold guardian, herald, shapeshifter, shadow, ally and trickster.

If you are familiar with the ancient Greek story of Odysseus, he set out on his adventures and confronts many challenges but his character never really evolved into something more than it was at the beginning.  Modern stories have evolved into something much more complex than the ancient Greek adventures of Odysseus, but borrow a huge amount in terms of story flow from those early adventures.  However, most stories rarely have clearly textbook defined archetypes.  Often times a character will wear more than one hat, working as one archetype at one point in the story and morph into a different type later in the story.

Let’s look at the eight archetypes in more detail.

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