While learning synonyms, I encountered these words. I'm trying to understand the nuances between them.
From my understanding:-
Role model is someone whom you admire or try to emulate (generally a living being)
Prototype is an original model from which copies are made.
However, I don't fully grasp the difference between archetype and ideal.
From my understanding, archetype refers to a perfect example of a particular person or thing. So does ideal.
For example, to complete the sentence: "Every classical heroine is always chaste and serves as a(n) __ for women, who are expected to emulate her, which of the above-mentioned words fits best?
Please point out where I went wrong.