‘The Writer’s Journey’ and What I have gained from it

All quotes are taken from, ‘The Writer’s Journey’ by Christopher Vogler, with some personal notes of my loan on what his writing has led me to conclude and examine.

GREAT ALLIES IN LITERATURE

– “Some great stories have been woven from the relationship between a hero and an Ally. Don Quixote and his reluctant squire Sancho Panza form one such pair, representing two extremes of society and very different ways of viewing the world.”

The use of this archetype in literature has helped to mold and develop the roles this type of character usually employs in films. This influences the modern audiences view of how this character should work

 

– “Allies need not be human. In some religions of the world, each person is assigned a spirit protector, a lifelong sidekick or Ally.”

The anthromorphing of the ally archetype allows a much wider range of audience members to e reached and creating this link also helps to demonstrate the more primal elements of the human character found in the hero with out denaturing the hero them selves.

 

– “Animals as Allies are common in the history of storytelling. Goddesses especially are accompanied by animal Allies, like Athena and her companion owl, or Artemis and the deer who is often seen running at her side.”

– “Another folktale Ally motif is the “helpful servant,” a stock character in tales of romance who helps the hero achieve his or her goal by carrying love letters and messages or providing disguises, hideaways, escape routes, and alibis. D’Artagnan’s long-suffering valet Planchet is one of the helpful servants in The Three Musketeers and Dudley Moore’s butler, played by stately John Gielgud, performs the role in Arthur. Batman’s butler Alfred serves many roles and it should be noted that the Ally function can easily overlap with that of the Mentor, as Allies occasionally step up to the higher function of guiding the hero in spiritual or emotional matters.”

This blurring of the role between mentor and ally allows a much more versatile development of the character and help to create a better rounded story.

– “PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTION”

– “The Ally in dreams and fiction might represent the unexpressed or unused parts of the personality that must be brought into action to do their jobs. In stories, Allies remind us of these under-utilized parts and bring to mind actual friends or relation­ ships that may be helpful to us in the journey of our lives. Allies may represent powerful internal forces that can come to our aid in a spiritual crisis.”

Allies in fiction suggest alternate paths for problem-solving and help to round out the personalities of heroes, allowing expression of fear, humor, or ignorance that might not be appropriate for the hero.

This aide in developing the other characters is a very important role as it helps to show the different traits with in a character, which are not always easily shown to an audience with out help and motivation from the ally.

– “The Trickster archetype embodies the energies of mischief and desire for change. All the characters in stories that are primarily clowns or comical sidekicks express this archetype. The specialized form called the Trickster Hero is the leading figure in many myths and is very popular in folklore and fairy tales.”

This is because they serve as realistic characters who ground the fantastic into believable and relatable situations for the audience.

– “ Tricksters serve several important psychological functions. They cut big egos down to size, and bring heroes and audiences down to earth. By provoking healthy laughter they help us realize our common bonds, and they point out folly and hypocrisy. Above all, they bring about healthy change and transformation, often by drawing attention to the imbalance or absurdity of a stagnant psychological situation. They are the natural enemies of the status quo.”

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