Archetypes: You know ’em, you may even love ’em, Frye and Joseph Campbell wrote about ’em. The Mentor. The Threshold Guardian. The Shapeshifter. The Trickster.
The mythic patterns of personality that Homer (the Greek dude, not Simpson) loved to write about, personalities that aid, hinder, and call to adventure, are they really something rooted in the unconscious as Jung theorised?
Stereotypes: The Temptress. The Earth Mother. The Evil Stepmother. The Cougar.
Who thinks up these names for ’em and are they nothing more than bad monikers drawn from opinions of a handful of people who feel that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch?
I know I’m the Conan O’Brien of blogs, that I have an audience of two and I’m likely to be replaced a few months into my first season, but I’m gonna mull this over for a while and I invite you two Biteyites to as well. You can get back to me on it, let me know your thoughts.
Do it, if not for your old pal Old, then for academic scholarship. Do it for the journey that leads to cool robes.