The Two Elemental Principles
The first essential principle is the masculine one of power and control. The second, allowing the state of potential wholeness to be reached, is the feminine one of connection and joining together.
Such are the two elemental principles around which stories are constructed. If the hero of a story is destined fully to succeed, he must be shown to be fully masculine. He cannot be weak and ineffectual.
But his masculine power must not be hard and inflexible. He must not be egocentrically closed off within himself. He must be open, in ways which connect him positively with others, with all that is beyond him, with the flow of life.
Only when this potential state of balance has been achieved is the hero ready for the moment of liberation when the life-giving treasure is released.
The process whereby this is achieved invariably requires a specific sequence of steps.
First we see the hero or heroine in that incomplete, unresolved state which characterizes the beginning of a story.
Then something has to emerge which opens them out to the possibility that eventually they may achieve the distant state of wholeness.
Thirdly, and this may comprise almost all of the action of the story, they have to be shown as developing, or in some way bring brought to the point where they are finally ready to realize that state.
Only them, as in the opening of some complicated lock which requires all the tumblers to be aligned in exactly the right way before it will open, can we see the fourth, concluding step: the moment of final transformation and liberation from the dark power which releases the life-giving treasure and brings the story to its triumphant resolution.