I need to create a solid color wheel analogy for my seminar project.
Essentially, I’m saying that the archetypes (mentor, herald, guardian, trickster, shadow, shapeshifter) are hues. The Hero and Villain are white and black respectively, and the archetypes are either heroically tinted or antagonistically shaded depending on whether they’re emerging from/influenced by the Hero or Villain.
All of the above (Hero, Villain, and all secondary archetypes, are aspects of the Self, the whole, which is in this case the Color Wheel. The Self contains all possible forms, all potential combinations of color and light and shadow.
Historically Joseph Campbell viewed the archetypes as aspects of the Hero. The Villain was lumped in with the Shadow, and the idea was that if all the archetypes re-combined, the result would be the Hero.
My theory is that, as portrayed above, the Hero and Villain deserve equal footing in the equation, and that the archetypes are aspects, but not of the Hero. They are aspects of the Self. The Self, being the framework, never manifests as its own character in the story, as opposed to the Hero, who does….
Welcome to my life right now, and a fraction of the reason I’m panicking.