The Villain Archetype: The Role Of Villains In Fairy Tales

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The villain archetype is one of my favorite parts of any story. The villain, to me, is the most important part of a story. If the villain, or antagonist, of a story is poorly done, then the entire story falls flat. The villain creates the conflict, and conflict is what separates a good story, from a great one. There are the villains made from tragedy, others are made from traumatic childhoods, and others are just evil to be evil. The villains seen in fairy tales are usually there just to teach a lesson to the listener, such as The Evil Queen from Snow White teaching a lesson on what happens when vanity takes over a person. Many villains from folktales have traits of the seven-deadly sins. In the past, people used folktales to teach morals
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