Named after mentor, telemachus' elderly advisor in the odyssey, who was actually athena in disguise for more information concerning the mentor and other narrative archetypes, see vladmir propp's theory of narrative a list of subtypes can be found on the mentor index page. The mentor archetype trope as used in popular culture a more experienced advisor or confidante to a young, inexperienced character, particularly to a hero the mentor archetype trope as used in popular culture a more experienced advisor or confidante to a young, inexperienced character, particularly to a hero.
In order to encourage you to join my character counts contest, and because i did promise to do a series on my favorite archetypes, i now present a blog post on one of the most popular archetypes used in media: the mentor archetypes just to refresh your memory, let me define archetypes again an archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype after which others are.
Delving into the mentor archetype, with a side-plot of fallen, dark and evil mentors, this archetype is popular in recent fiction, and for good reason the mentor archetype is a large category of tropes and character types unto itself there are some writers who always provide a defined “mentor. Definition, usage and a list of archetype examples in common speech and literature an archetype is a typical character, an action or a situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature.
The mentor character archetype helps and protects the hero along her journey let’s look at the similarities of hagrid, the mentor in harry potter , and haymitch, the mentor in the hunger games. An archetype, also known as “universal symbol,” may be a character, a theme, a symbol, or even a settingmany literary critics are of the opinion that archetypes – which have a common and recurring representation in a particular human culture, or entire human race – shape the structure and function of a literary work. The archetype of being or having a mentor is well known in many situations and pieces of art a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor, teacher, or adviser who can be a part of one’s life and experiences (mentor.
Mentors are relatively common archetypes, representing about 5 to 6% of the population the mentor’s primary function is social and their secondary function is enterprising they tend to be helpful, outgoing, and generous while also tending to be optimistic and persuasive. The mentor archetypes just to refresh your memory, let me define archetypes again an archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype after which others are copied, patterned, or emulated a symbol universally recognized by all archetypes are scattered everywhere in media. Mentor archetype the mentor archetype not only invests in the student learning certain material, the mentor takes interest in the route the student goes with the know how by definition, the mentor imparts advise.
The mentor’s enthusiasm for creating unique, helpful experiences for others can sometimes constrain their ability to think methodically through processes, as they usually prefer having the feedback that comes organically from more social scenarios. The eight character archetypes of the hero’s journey february 7th, known as character archetypes an archetype doesn’t specify a character’s age, race, or gender in fact, mentor the hero has to learn how to survive in the new world incredibly fast, so the mentor appears to give them a fighting chance.