Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 14: The Mage’s Shadow Archetypes – by K.M. Weiland…

on Helping Writers become Authors:

Structurally speaking, it is always the end of a story—its Climactic Moment—that tells us what it is about. The Climactic Moment ends the external plot by telling us who “wins.” But it also, implicitly, ends the protagonist’s arc by showing us whether the character succeeded in arcing positively and helping others to do the same, or if the character failed to overcome inner challenges and “level up.”

This also holds true within the overarching cycle of archetypal character arcs, which can be seen to make up the “story structure” of a human life.

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