This is a practical approach for learning archetype with help of character arc in the game of thrones. In this interactive guide, I will be explaining most of the archetypes in GOTH along with Archetypes used By SIR G. R. R. Martin.
I remember, once my friend asked my opinion about the king Joffrey. And as soon as I heard that, I was like, “Joffrey, the little shit.”
why is that? Why we hate the character Jeffrey than any other character of Game of Thrones. What makes you think, he is the worst person you ever saw. The answer lies in the myth behind the character arc.
Not just the character Joffrey, but any other character in GOTH created a unique picture of his character in our minds. While measuring all characters in Goth, I have noticed a particular pattern to put a character in front of an audience. Each and every character in Goth, from Sansa to King Robert Baratheon, from Bastard of Winterfell John Snow to Arya Stark. They have that unique character Beats affecting the most sensational plot in the story.
So today I wanna focus on the key to those character arc which makes Game of Thrones, the most featured an amazing show of all the time.
In this article, I will explain that what is it different about character development in Goth, that Not found in other TV shows? What rule the did directors follow in Goth to make a creative character? And How we can create the character arc that can win the Game of Thrones? So stay focused, until you find the structure that reveals the myth of every character arc.
Let’s get started….
Screenwriter George Martin has a really clear vision for characterization in a game of thrones. Regardless of things that papers completely extraordinary he is really focused while writing his fantasy tale.
I have recognized most of the character’s archetype as I am going to explain to you right now. But there are remains some amazing characters I have failed to recognize yet.
Arya Stark –Archetypes
First of all, I would like to start with my favorite Arya Stark, daughter of Ned Stark from Winterfell. According to the theory of human psyche, character archetype of Arya match with ‘THE HERO’ from the set ‘EGO’.
- Motif: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’
- Core desire: To prove one’s worth through courageous acts
- Goal: Expert mastery in a way that improves the world
- Greatest Fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a “chicken”
- Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible
- Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight.
- Talent: competence and courage
- The Hero is also known as The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.
The second best archetype that matches for Arya is the explorer. Where she had explored the half of kingdoms on her own, finding ways, facing the truth with an enormous dare. An explorer suits Arya in many ways.
At a glance,
- Motto: Don’t fence me in
- Core desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the world
- Goal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life
- Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness
- Strategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom
- Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit
- Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soul
- The explorer is also known as The Seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.
Arya stark completely matches with carls theory in many perspectives and is a strong and independent volunteer as the Main protagonist for the game of thrones.
King Joffrey – Character Archetypes
Now, I am trying to focus on the character archetypes of King Joffrey. Everyone hates Joffrey. What will happen if the most valuable position in the city offered to the most stupid and childish president? Either he will ruin the city or peoples in the city. The concept character archetype of King Joffrey made using the same concept.
It’s probably the most difficult character arc to understand in the whole series. Because internal reflection of character seems amazingly managed by sir. G. R. R. Martin.
You may ask then for what valid reason if characters create and a story like this can enable us to develop, a few characters to appear to continue as before? Prime examples can permit self-improvement, however, mess up, and send you to a deadlock; they can end up noticeably poisonous to the mind.
Ruler Joffrey Baratheon is a valid example. He is the character fans most love to detest. To such an extent they celebrated on Twitter sharing recordings of how they so delighted in watching him bite the dust. He is a conceived cruel person and remains a twisted person to his passing when he pines for his mom and denounces Tyrion.
From the perspective of model brain research, he is working from the other side of the positive prime example – which is the ‘shadow’ Ruler. This is the place a swelled feeling of benefit has assumed control over the spirit and this individual is shouting out for more adjust. Joffrey speaks to the Boy not yet developed into mature King.
Character archetype – King Joffrey
- ‘Shadow’ from sub archetypes – Ruler
- Group – self
- Motif – to rule without any limitation
- Core desire: To prove that he is the greatest power in the world.
- Goal: they have to fear and obey him till last breath.
- Greatest fear: No response to his cruel acts. What if nobody fears. A child doesn’t like to be called a child.
- Strategy: No mercy.
- Weakness: Decision making, anxiety, fear of death and failure. Arrogance
- Talent: attitude and fame
A shadow ruler can be a childish king, warrior, enemy, egoistic businessman, arrogant child, selfish father.
It’s not done, remember one thing, archetypes are not psychological typing which can be easily stereotyped. They are never same in every situation.
Sometimes it’s the darkest side of the character in forced situations, sometimes most brighter insights depending on the situation. Because no human is truly evil. Evil has their own role in the world whose standard no one can match.
So, if you are referring to the archetype of King Joffrey, you must encounter the evil acts, not evil himself.
The second archetype of King Joffrey mostly match with the jester, the 12th archetype told by Carl’s human psyche.
group – self
- Motto: You only live once
- Core desire: to live in the moment with full enjoyment
- Goal: to have a great time and lighten up the world
- Greatest fear: being bored or boring others
- Strategy: play, make jokes, be funny
- Weakness: frivolity, wasting time
- Talent: joy
- The Jester is also known as The fool, trickster, joker, practical joker or comedian.
Queen Daenerys Targarian- Character archetypes
The Next we are talking about the favorite character of most of the people’s. The Khaleesi of the great sea. Queen of seven kingdoms Daenerys Targaryen.
“I’ve spent my life in foreign lands. So many men have tried to kill me. I don’t remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I’ve shamed and betrayed. Raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. It wasn’t any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.”
Khaleesi’s archetype is most advanced in the whole series. She begins off as the Innocent, wide-peered toward and having no involvement, absolutely open.
She figures out how to be a Caregiver, spouse to Drogo of the Drothakis ‘mother’ of winged serpents and really becomes hopelessly enamored with her Warrior husband.
She figures out how to be a Magician or sorceress, and tries to bring back her dead spouse Drogo. She has a strange association with the mythical serpents who consider her to be their mom.
She figures out how to be a Warrior herself, and a summoning military Leader, going up against the entire world and in the long run the Lannisters
She figures out how to be a Lover with different suitors, with Daario Naharis and keeping in mind that holding her energy in place from any man is a tightrope walk, despite everything she has her needs.
She figures out how to be a Ruler – now and again driving astutely, and some of the time optimistically, with terrible results.
She was likewise Victim to her sibling and seen as a Prostitute sold by her gutless sibling Vasey to the Dothraki in return for an armed force. Be that as it may, she is a genuine Queen.
I have identified almost 5 archetypes in one character. It was the most advanced step in the development of character arc in narrative point of view. You must have got these 5 archetypes of Daenerys, innocent, Rebel, warrior, lover and a Ruler.
I am pretty confused about the magician, as the character won’t give full justice to this archetype