Archetypes: Spider-man and Hero Cycle

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Archetypes are found in many stories and in many works of literature. An archetype is a universal symbol that brings out a deep response in everyone. The good vs. evil archetype is seen in many action and adventure movies and stories. The hero archetype is where a person goes on a journey and faces challenges along his/her journey. The hero archetype is seen in Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone, Sundiata, and Spider Man.

The hero archetype is seen through out the movie of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Harry has a call to adventure which is the first part of the hero cycle. He first learns about him being a wizard when Hagrid brakes down the door to his house and tells him about Hogwarts. This shows the hero archetype because the first step to being a hero is having a call to adventure. Harry has a special weapon which is his wand and it was the brother of the wand that killed his parents. This shows that Harry is a hero because true heros have a special weapon that only they could use. Harry has an ultimate challenge which he faces along his journey. His ultimate challenge is Voldemort which Harry fights and wins. This shows the hero archetype because along the hero cycle the hero faces an ultimate challenge. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone the hero archetype is shown.

The hero archetype is seen in the story Sundiata. In Sundiata, Sundiata, has an unusual birth. When he is born and growing up he could not walk. Sundiata overcame his problems for walking and like a hero he shows that he did not want to give up on something that was difficult to overcome. Sundiata has a helper that helps him throughout the story. His helper is Belle Feseke and he was Sundiata’s griot. This shows the hero archetype because the helpers/mentors are apart of the hero cycle. Sundiata also has a special weapon. Sundiata uses a rooster claw against Souomaro Kante. This shows the hero archetype because most heroes have a weapon that only they can use. In Sundiata...
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