Dramatica Definition: Archetypal Characters

Archetypal Characters • Of all the ways the 64 elements of Character elements might be grouped, there is one arrangement that is akin to an alignment of the planets. When all elements from each “family” of like elements are placed in individual characters, eight Archetypal Characters are created. They are Archetypal because their homogeneous nature accommodates all levels a character must have to be fully dimensional, yet line up by content so well there is little internal dissonance. Archetypal Characters are useful in stories that seek to concentrate on plot, action, or external themes. This is because they do not “get in the way” or clutter the Author’s purpose. Because they are so predictable, however, Archetypal Characters are not easily used to explore the human psyche and are most readily employed in stories designed more for entertainment than message.

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