Secrets of Transformation, Part II

Exile on Peachtree Street

Fairy tales and folklore contain symbols from our inner psychology and universal wisdom. From the Cherokee stories of the Upper World and Middle World to the English and Welsh stories of dragons, kings and princesses, they are an important part of literature that present a unique challenge to writers. Draper_LancelotandGuinevere (1)Sexual connotations are hinted at without openly stating the obvious. (Read my blog from last week–the first Grimm’s Fairy Tales were written for adults, not children.) Character archetypes cannot be avoided.  In some ways, it is impossible to create a story without using them  yet it is so easy to fall into the trap of relying on these archetypes, even without realizing it. We all know the basic character types: the hero, the damsel in distress, the wicked woman, the evil villain. But what exactly are these archetypes and how are they used? What is the difference between an archetype and…

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