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By: Daphney

Archetypal literary theory
- Derived from Greek word, Arche which means original and typos, meaning

- Recurring symbols, colors, situations and characters in literature work that have a
universal effect on all readers.
The Great Gatsby
Book to movie adaptation, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

About wealth, popularity, power and love.

About Jay Gatsby, a millionaire who intends to reunite with his former love, Daisy

Everything he does is for Daisy.

He is killed in the end.

- indirectly give meaning

Green light
Green means go
Light symbolizes hope and dream

Gatsby car
Symbolizes fake gold
Daisys attire and surroundings (curtains,
Symbolizes pureness and perfection

Eyes of T.J Eckleburg

Represents God
Watching everyones move
The American dream
Archetypal Characters
Jay Gatsby
The Hero
Quest to save Daisy
Would do anything to get her back

Scapegoat (innocent character blamed

for a certain situation)
He takes the blame for Myrtles
The villain: Tom Buchanan
Thinks he is better than everyone
Trying to prevent Gatsby and Daisy
from ending up together

The outcast: Nick Carraway

Witnesses everything
Listens to everyones problems

The damsel in distress: Daisy Buchanan

Hoping to be saved by Gatsby
Under Toms control
Archetypal situations
Death and rebirth
He was poor but became a millionare after war by bootlegging

The Quest
Gatsbys quest to get Daisy back

The fall
Gatsby dies
Daisy ends up with Tom
How does this theory help me better
understand/ appreciate the movie?
Look at things in a different perspective.
Understand the characters
Their intentions
Beliefs and values

Helps me understand symbols and colors

gives a deeper meaning

Watching with a critical eye, gives a deeper understanding of the moral and
lessons of the movie
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Accessed 21 March 2017

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Students Engage with Challenging Texts, Steinhouse Publishers, 2010.
Accessed 23 March 2017

Rudd, Deborah. "Archetypes in Literature." Archetypes in Literature. N.p., 27 Jan. 1997.
Accessed 23 March 2017
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