Renegade Archetype Analysis

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Over the course of American history, an archetype has developed and molded how many of thus think and live our lives. The archetype, A Rebel and Renegade, can be seen throughout much of history, from the revolutionary war to the expansion of the Midwest, and even in film and literary works, such as Huckleberry Fin and many War movies. Eventually, the Archetype became embedded in American culture and became what it is today. The typical Rebel and Renegade archetype can be expressed and studied by five different characteristics. The Rebel and Renegade is always moving on, never staying in one place for a long amount of time. The Rebel and Renegade is strong and self-reliant, able to survive in the wild or a foreign environment by…show more content…
Both of these movie genres express many characteristics of the Rebel and renegade like their ability to be self-reliant and their need for freedom. We live in a capitalist society which thrives on the competition between businesses to increase the economy, thus causing business owners and employees to become competitive as well. Our nation was built on freedom, with our national anthem’s lyrics being “Land of the Free and home of the brave,” and the Declaration of Independence stating “These united colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent states” (US history). Along with history and film, the archetype of the rebel and renegade can be viewed in literary works. In the story Rip Van Winkle, Rip depicts the Rebel and Renegade archetype in many ways. Rip needs freedom of being away from his wife and he feels trapped when she constantly nags him to help out around the house. Rip is self-reliant, able to catch fish and survive in the wilderness with only his dog wolf (Locker). Emmerson also discusses some of the Archetypes of the Rebel and Renegade in his book “self-reliance.” In the book, he states that “the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect independence of solitude,” (cite). This quote depicts that being an individual who does not conform to society, but is free to do and think what he wishes is a greater man than those who blindly follow popular ideas. Another great quote from Emmerson is that “The virtue in most request

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