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Updated: Mar 3, 2022

The Creator/Artist Archetype

There are twelve main literary archetypes derived from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung's findings. The Creator/Artist is one of the twelve:

A Creator/Artist would typically be portrayed as an extremely daring human being, uninhibited by the norms of the society, as one who would be the thinker, the innovator, the imaginative and as someone who questions social norms and conditioning.

An example of this archetype is the independent, free-spirited, quick-witted and strong-willed Beatrice from Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing. She is quick to come to her cousin Hero's rescue when she is falsely accused of being unfaithful, and she is daring enough to ask Benedick to:

Kill Claudio


The play, sharing a sense of women's position in the society at the time, has Beatrice's uncle Leonato remind Beatrice:

By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

[II.i. 14-15]

And Beatrice, bearing the traits of the character archetype, is unwilling to conform.



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