The Boys of Bonanza Archetype-d (Part 1)

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Inkspots, Not To Be Missed Books, Scribe Scribbles
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I had a friend recently ask me if  The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D Cowden, Caro LaFever, And Sue Viders was any good. I told them “It is worth its weight in gold; it’s like the Rosetta stone of character understanding.” They have purchased their own copy. Yay!

But, they also asked me if I had time, to Archetype the boys from Bonanza. So, here is my look at Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe  using the book, and what I know about the show. I’m doing this here, so that not only can they get their information but also so you can see a practical outlay of the book’s features. Ready? here we go!


The father of the family, I  easily pegged  him as the  CHIEF for the group. He’s the one who is

  • Goal oriented
  • Decisive
  • Responsible
    • He’s the leader of the family, and his boys at some point or another will look to him for answers. Ben is dynamic and strong-willed (stubborn). He delights in fixing problems, and anyone who comes to complain to him will be given a solution. He expects to be obeyed, and while he can appear harsh, he has a protective side that’s like a bear or mountain lion when it comes to his family and those that are dear to him. He will gladly give all he has for them including his life.His flaws are:
  • Stubborn
  • Unsympathetic
  • Dominating

    Adam is the eldest son of the Cartwright family  and I  see him as the PROFESSOR. His university education (in architectural engineering) helps him build their ranch house and there’s a love of learning him that runs through the core of his character.

    • He’s the one who is:
  • Expert
  • Analytical
  • Genuine
    • He’s usually the smartest man in the room,  and will consider a problem from every angle before making a move.  He’s very logical, and introverted, when he makes a promise, he keeps it even at great cost to himself (he’s seen the cost before hand). He has some trouble filtering his emotions through his intellect and can come across as cold to those that don’t know him well, but he has a deep reserve of love for those he is close to. He just sees no reason to wear his heart on his sleeve.
    • His flaws are:
  • Insular
  • Inhibited
  • Inflexible
    • I do  apologize for the  formatting, word press does not like only partially bullet-ed  lists

Be brilliant, be peculiar, be peculiarly brilliant.

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