Superheroes 9/28 – Essay assignment

Yesterday I assigned our first essay of the semester. In case you weren’t there, here are the requirements.

Before students left on Tuesday they provided me with a written down topic idea and sources. If you haven’t handed that in to me please do so tomorrow.

Religion’s Influence on Superheroes

Now we’ve read studied some connections between religion – mostly Christianity but not exclusively Christianity – and superheroes, it’s time for you to start making your own connections. Examine the religious backgrounds of the superheroes we know today (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, etc.) and see how they connect to superheroes of old (Beowulf, Thor, etc.).

Here are some topic ideas. You can, of course, come up with your own:

-(Redemptive) violence in Christianity and comics
-How comics reflect the relationship between god(s) and man
-Combat myth in religion and comics
-Depictions of religion in Beowulf & Kingdom Come
-Comparison of Beowulf to Superman, Wonder Woman and/or Batman
(or someone else)
-Old Testament vs. New Testament ideas and reflections in comics/superheroes
-World mythology and non-Christian religious influence on superheroes
-Any other idea you want, so long as it touches on archetypes, religion and/or other mythology

Along with outside research, use the resources from the class to help you as well:

-Kingdom Come
-Archetypes checklist (descriptions of these archetypes can be found on our blog)
-Combat myth
-Bible verses
-Early British poetry (“The Seafarer” and “The Wanderer”)

Quick expectations:

-2.5 to 4 pages typed, normal formatting (double spaced, 12 pt. font)
-At least two sources (one must be either Beowulf or Kingdom Come)
-Rough draft due Thursday, Oct. 6. It will be revised/edited

First draft due on Thursday, Oct. 6.


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