Monday, October 26, 2009

Archetypes in Lost

I’ve been completely hooked to lost these days. Since the show can broadly be classified as fantasy, I thought it might be a good idea to see what archetypes the major characters fall into.

Jack Shephard: He’s the Hero. He’s group oriented. Live together, die alone is his motto. For him, the group is more valuable than individuals.

John Locke: He’s the Hunter. He has acute sensory prowess. But what really is remarkable about him is his intuition or sixth sense. He believes that there is a higher purpose to his life and believes in following the ‘signs’.

Sawyer: He’s the anti-Hero. There is little about him to like. He’s a cheat, a con-man who cares only about his own petty interests. And yet, we pine to know his story.

Sayid: He’s the Soldier. Infused with a black-and-white sense of morality, he takes upon himself to fight and protect. He isn’t proud what he has to do in the line of duty and is deeply nostalgic about people he’s had to lose or leave behind.

Ben: He’s the classical Trickster. You can’t trust him on anything. There’s no telling what his words really mean or what his intentions truly are. And yet, if he gives you his word, he’ll follow it. Ironic, isn’t it?

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