Another interesting and helpful archetype is a threshold guardian, a person who tries to stop our hero from action. Think about the words…This is a GUARDIAN of a THRESHOLD to a new world, the world our hero wants to get to.
We know threshold guardians in our own lives. Suppose we decide to set up our own company. A competitor will advise against it and may even try to block us. Family members might say that it will take us away from the family too much. Government agents warn us of the difficulty and so on. Your hero will encounter difficulties like this and worse. The more obstacles you put in her way, the better. She will be tested and tested again and then and only then will we see what a hero she is.
Threshold guardians can be our own neuroses, fears, or self-limitations. Years ago my electrician father was offered a perfect chance to start his own construction business. The pastor of our parish offered to give him the electrical contract for the new church and to finance him in advance. My father, raised in the great depression, when many businesses failed, turned him down, I think because of his fear of failure.
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