Archetypal Antagonists for the Mage Arc: Evil and the Weakness of Humankind – by K.M. Weiland…

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It is appropriate that the final archetypal character arc of the life cycle—the Mage Arc—should be the one to finally confront the ultimate antagonist within the human experience. This is, of course, Evil—in all its abstraction.

As the final arc, the Mage symbolizes the end of life and, presumably, its fulfillment. Because the Mage is such a powerful—and rare—personage, the mysteries of his arc are ones few writers ever personally embody, but still ones we instinctively speculate about. It is in the speculating that we sometimes are fortunate enough to offer to ourselves and perhaps to our readers a glimpse into greater truths and possibilities.

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