Posts Tagged ‘Bonaza’

So what is very encouraging about part one of this post, is that the friend that requested it, said that I got the first two fellas spot-on! That’s fantastic, because I don’t know Bonanza well. I’m gleaning stuff about the characters from a page she linked me to, and from the Wikipedia article I found. Using that, and The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes I was able, she said, to pretty much peg Ben Cartwright and his son, Adam. So today I’m taking on the other two Cartwrights just so show you how amazing this book really is! Ready? All right here we go!

  • Hoss Cartwright:
  • The middle brother of the family, Hoss, is kind and gentle despite his size and strength. Always ready to help a neighbor (even if he does get it totally backwards) and ready for fun,  I marked him as the BEST FRIEND archetype. The BEST FRIEND is easy to get along with and a gentleman. He’s  the one who is:
  • Stable
  • Supportive
  • Tolerant
  • He’s the one who is the team player and can be counted on when things are going horribly terribly wrong. When others are getting frustrated and upset he keeps his head and keeps his eye on the solution. Feeling down? The BEST FRIEND will build you back up without flattery, and tell you the truth without malice.   He does have weaknesses though, he can be:
  • Complacent
  • Myopic
  • Unassertive

  • Now, several people on several different pages have pointed out that  Hoss isn’t complacent, he tends to throw Little Joe around  and slam other people into non-moving things when they’ve set him up or taken the mick with him. While that’s true, an archetype is a CORE of the character and you are suppose to layer things around it. I’m going to stick with keeping Hoss as the BEST FRIEND because of his compassion and his loyalty
  • Little Joe Cartwright:
    • Little Joe Cartwright is the youngest son/brother of the Cartwright family. With his wide smile and twinkling eyes he’s easily the one  that falls into the category of  THE CHARMER. He’s fun, he is generous with his family and friends, showing his appreciation of them with gifts both large and small. He can get the birds to come down out of the trees, and always has a tale to tell, a story to spin. His strengths are that he is:
    • Creative
    • Witty
    • Smooth
      • He makes friends easily, and everyone has a good time when they are with him. He continually injects “fun” into others lives, even making them the target of pranks or jokes but there’s no malice in him.  He’ll laugh just as hard if the joke is on him.  With his search for fun comes his desire to have life go his way and that’s where his character often hitches. He can be:

      • Manipulative
      • Irresponsible
      • Elusive

    Now,  that concludes my look at the boys of Bonanza.  Hopefully, this little demonstration has made you decide to put  The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines:  Sixteen Master Archetypes on your ‘must buy’ list.  If it hasn’t, maybe the fact that there are more than just archetypes listed and explained in the book, will. In addition, the authors go through how archetypes interact, how to layer archetypes, and the differences between static and evolving archetypes.  There’s so much meat in here for writers at any stage of the game, it really should be on each and every scribe’s book shelf.

    Tomorrow, I’ll let you peak at two more resources you should have on your shelf if you’re a writer. Until then, encourage one another Scribes!