Here are the two questions to answer for class on Thursday:
1) Can you put “mythic elements of human experience”
and “cultural Mythology*” into your own words?
2) What would an example of “cultural mythology*” or “mythic elements of human experience” look like in today’s world? Think of some events or values/ideas that may be in our collective memory or shared experiences.
*Mythology: A collection of stories that form the basis of a culture, religion or values of a particular society or group of people
For homework tonight:
Notes from class: Rhetorical Appeals
Identify a rhetorical appeal and a logical fallacy in Reverend Stryker’s ideas in God Loves, Man Kills and explain why they are what they are.
Extra credit: email me or bring in an article or video or other form of media with an example of logos/pathos/ethos and article/other media with a logical fallacy.
Reminder: your short response to the combat myth, Beowulf and the Mike Nichols article (about the combat myth in Batman and Beowulf) is due Tuesday. Here are the resources again if you need them:
Hi juniors and seniors,
Here’s the 50 lines or so of Beowulf I’d like you to look at if you didn’t finish the work in class on Friday. The PDF is below. You’re looking at lines 311 – 352. (Beowulf’s speech to King Hrothgar.)
Here’s the text: Beowulf pdf
Answer these two questions:
- How does Beowulf’s last line “Fate goes as fate must” (352) exemplify the cultural mythology of the time and place of the poem?
- Write down two examples of Beowulf’s heroism (cite evidence)
I hope the rest of your first day went well! For tonight, answer the two questions at the bottom of the archetype checklist from class today:
- Think about the popularity and longevity (or “staying power”) of the hero you and your partner chose. Which archetypes checked off from the list do you think most contribute to your hero’s longevity and why?
- What parts of this hero tap into a type of “cultural mythology,” as Grant Morrison put it. In other words, why do we as Americans, or specifically you as a teenager in America, identify with this hero?
Today we mined book 1 of V for Vendetta, the opening of 1984, and what we read of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience experiment for common themes.
Come to class on Thursday with you notebooks full of specific page numbers and quotes, ready to write a short essay linking our three texts.