Taking a little break from the A to Z Challenge to bring you this post about elemental characters. It’s a fascinating article. I will have to incorporate these into my character sketches.
The Ancients believed that everything was made of four basic elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. These Elements were symbolic of the whole of human life and everything in society. With that in mind, Creative Writers have a template of character forms they could use to create four fully developed characters, who themselves compose a quartet of a perfect slice of humanity.
These same Ancients also believed in a fifth element that was a combination of all of the other four known as the Quintessence. So if you wish to use the four symbolic Elements in forming four characters, a good addition would be to add a fifth character – the Quintessential character.
Qualities Of The Elements
There are plenty of places to research the Four Elementals, but allow me to provide a quick rundown of what these Elements represent.
- Air – thought, reason, the higher functions of the brain.
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