Character Archetypes Of The Novel ' The ' Of ' Nick Cutter 's The Troop '

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To truly understand what adulthood means, grasping who we are as people, we all must first undergo a metamorphosis. This transformation from boy to man has overtime been a common theme amongst writers. Typically, the passage a young adult must make to enter adulthood is romantic or sexual, experiencing their first relationship, or purchasing their first condom. However, a severe, twisted and arguably more meaningful test into adulthood is understanding mortality, and one’s depth of humanity. Mercilessness of individuals and our world is often viewed as a theme amongst horror novels, creating an ideal platform for a coming of age adventure. In all forms of storytelling, character archetypes are expressed. How they react in various situations are in direct relation of who they are in the coming of age process, when these characters truly develop. For the Five boys of Nick Cutter’s The Troop they each represent different archetypes seen in all forms of genre and experience these coming of age tropes differently. Within horror, character archetypes are put into the most extreme of situations, to further the calamity each boy of The Troop is forced to face their own coming of age trial, assuming who they are meant to become as a character. Extreme and violent, each boy denotes specific qualities attributed to specific character types.
The king, warrior, lover and magician are the barebones archetypes of fictional characters (Moore Gillette, 1990). Each of these representations…

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