Terms in this set (63)
Gods live in the skies or mountain tops
Evil forces live in the bowles of the earth
To save the kingdom
To win the fair lady
To identify himself so that he may assume his rightful position
The heir must perform some nearly superhuman deed
Battle between good and evil
between two primal forces
The battle between good and evil
Mankind shows eternal optimism in the continual portrayal of good triumphing over evil despite great odds.
Form of an initiation into adult life.
The adolescent comes into his/her maturity with new awareness and problems along with a new hope for the community.
Thus awakening is often the climax of the story.
The hero goes in search of some truth or information to restore life to the kingdom.
He must descend into a real or psychological hell and us forced to discover the blackest truths quite often concerning his faults.
Once the hero is at his lowest point, he must accept personal responsibility to return to the world of the living
This could also appear as a group of isolated people (trapped on a boat, bus, or island) to represent society.
Describes a descent from a higher to a lower state of being.
The experience involves a defilement and/or a loss of innocence and bliss.
The fall is accompanied by expulsion from a kind of paradise as a penalty for disobedience and moral transgression.
Grows out of a parallel between the cycle of nature and the cycle of life. Morning and springtime represent birth, youth, or rebirth.
Grows out of a parallel between the cycle of nature and the cycle of life. Evening and winter suggest old age or death.
Mother is sometimes a virgin
Circumstances of birth are unusual.
Some attempt is made at birth to kill him.
Raised by foster parents.
Returns to his kingdom to right wrongs.
Marries a princess
Meets a mysterious death
Body is burned rather than buried
Teacher or counselor to the initiate
Often are father or mother figures to the hero or heroine
Offers worldly goods, fame, or knowledge to the hero in exchange for possession of the soul
Animal or human who is unjustly held responsible for others' sins
Sacrificed but they often become more powerful force dead than alive
Figure banished from a social group for some crime against his fellow man (could be falsely accused of a crime or could choose to banish himself out of guilt)
Offers spiritual and emotional nourishment to those she meets.
Often shown in earth colors
Brings about the hero's downfall because he is physically attracted to her
A female character who needs the hero to rescue her from either emotional or physical danger.
Two lovers forbidden to be together because of the rules of society or family
Often ends tragically
A story with two levels, symbolic and literal.
A person, place, or object that stands for something beyond itself.
An original model or form after which other, similar things are patterned.