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One Verse Every Week 'THE SAGE ARCHETYPE'

Updated: Apr 22, 2022

The Sage Archetype

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

The Sage is typically identified as a wise and peaceful character who is philosophically inclined and is rich in experience, often offering insights, while also being cautious and observant.

An example of this character archetype is Jacques from Shakespeare's play As You Like It. He is wise, contemplative, observant and philosophical, and therefore these famous lines from the play uttered by Jacques clearly justify the character archetype:

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.



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