The use of mythology and archetypes in character development in an actor training program: a professional problem
Benson, Ruthann E.
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An actor brings not only his first-hand experiences to his work, but also second-hand knowledge that comes from observing either the real world of characters around him or the fictional world of characters in television, film, theatre and literature. Young actors have limited first-hand experience with the depths of emotional love and hate involved with marriage or divorce; the joys, fears and weight of responsibility connected with parenting; the anxieties of day to day work; or the fear of death on the battlefield or in the circle of family and friends. The problem of inadequate experience through secondary sources daunts the young actor, as well, because more and more this knowledge comes from television and film with their emphasis only on surface appearance rather than from theatre and literature which tend to probe more deeply into the inner depths of its characters.