“The archetype is a symbolic formula which always begins to function when there are no conscious ideas present, or when conscious ideas are inhibited for internal or external reasons.” In other words, an archetype is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are copies or representations. A Jungian archetype is a thought pattern that finds worldwide parallels. We have unconsciously molded specific traits to specific characters and turned them into “archetypes”.
Carl Jung’s theory explains that archetypes are inherited ideas or modes of thoughts, which are derived from the experience of the person’s race and are present in the subconscious of the individual. It is an idealized and generic model for characters. There’s the hero that has experienced a severe childhood, but is able to work past it all and eventually becomes king. For an example, look at Simba in the Lion King and his journey. While the hero is usually brave and loved (at the end), the villain is described as a power hungry animal, who at the end is either redeemed or killed. For example, look at the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ and her fall from power.
A villain is defined as “The person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage; also has great power and influence”. An archetypal villain wants power at any price, and will stop at nothing to get what he/she desires. This is true of many villains, especially one in particular: Adolf Hitler. Hitler had enough power and influences to convince an entire country to turn against an entire ethnic group. He stopped at nothing to achieve his goals, and when one plan didn’t work, he moved onto another one. He was ruthless, and went by his own moral code. He truly believed that what he was doing was the “right thing”. He is the epitome of an archetypal villain.
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