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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 06:40 PM
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30. The savior/messiah archetype appears repeatedly
throughout the history of literature. The modern science fiction/fantasy genre, like ancient mythology in particular, is full of archetypal characters.

The savior that sacrifices himself for others is a common archetype, and I agree that HP fits the bill.

I pointed out, somewhere on a Mercedes Lackey thread in this forum a couple of years ago, that Vanyel Ashkevron does as well.

If we really start looking, we'll find plenty more. Spock? (The needs of the many....)

Frodo? What do you think?

The real issue, of course, is whether you think the christian christ refers to the real man, Jesus of Nazareth, or the archetype. How much of the story is real, and how much is metaphor? I doubt you'll find agreement in your lifetime.

ANY character referred to as a savior archetype is likely to garner objection from some of the christian groups and individuals; HP is just more likely because he's more universally read and known.
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