I read a book 'Writing Fiction'. The book talks about there being universal patterns and archetypes in books and stories. The book says that understanding the function of each character within the story can help a writer utilize these characters fully and determine whether these characters are pulling their weight in the story.
The main character can gather aspects from each archetype and learn from them on his/ her journey. The author of the book has listed 8 archetypes. Once we decide on a character in our story who will fit a particular archetype, then it will be easy to decide on the psychological role they would play and each archetype's dramatic function in our story.
The eight archetypes are:
8. Threshold Guardian
I have realized that not every story will have all of these archetypes. Some may have just few of them. We can consider some of our favourite novels and see how many archetypes we can identify in them. I tried it with the Potter books. It was quite an eye opener. It made me see the purpose of the characters and their roles were easy to visualize. We can also write down our own descriptions of characters who might fulfill each role in our stories.
What do you think of this archetype method? Do you think it can help a writer? Do you think it helps in giving each character their unique role to play in our stories. Do you think it is helpful?