Alice in Wonderland Archetypes

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Archetypes Associated with Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is a perfect example for a Hero's Journeys. A Hero's Journey was first introduced by Christopher Vogler in his book "The Writer's Journey". Vogler subdivides the Journey into seven archetypes which includes the hero, mentor, threshold guardian, herald, shape shifter, shadow, and trickster. These seven archetypes are demonstrated in Alice in Wonderland in an unrealistic but usual way.

The Hero is most likely the protagonist ad main character in the story. Their main expectation is to have to choose from the ordinary world or the Journey that awaits them. This means they will have to let go of a lot of things and leave it behind for the Journey that awaits them. The Hero is usually confused by which path to take, questioning what is right and what is wrong. The Mentor provides awareness to the Hero and what may happen next. They sometimes train the Hero in preparation for the Journey and any obstacles in the way. Gifts may also be a given to the Hero during his journey by the Mentor. The threshold guardian is the first obstacle in the Hero's Journey which they have to surpass. The Hero must show his or her commitment and worthiness by passing this test. This test may show that the Journey coming ahead will not be easy. The Herald in a Hero's Journey announces or introduces the challenge that starts the Journey. This challenge disrupts the equilibrium in the Hero's ordinary world and commences the adventure. The Herald may not always be a person, it can be a sign of any kind. The Shape shifters alternate their personalities and are usually hard to understand to misleading. The Shape shifter may create tension in the story by causing the Hero question some ideas or beliefs. The things we hate the most are represented in the Shadow. The Shadow can be something we do not feel comfortable facing or our darkest fears. The enemies of the Hero sometimes wear the Shadow mask. The tricksters can be...
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