The Shape of Archetypal Stories

January 16, 2013 authors 2

Do formulas exist in the stories we read? Kurt Vonnegut believed so and he suggests these formulas help an author build a story and help an audience identify with a story or helps them analyze it. Maya Eilam created this interesting infographic regarding Vonnegut’s theories about archetypal stories.


In this short lecture, Vonnegut explains his theory. As a reader or author do you agree with his assessment?

2 Responses to “The Shape of Archetypal Stories”

  1. Lauren

    This FASCINATED me! I don’t know which cave I’ve been hiding in, but I’d never before heard of Vonnegut’s graphing of literary archetypes.

    Thank you for sharing!

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