Project #44605 - Mythology

All four parts need to be answered with 300 words

Part 1

World Mythology, Labors and Death of Hercules reading

I want to use this activity to have a general discussion about heroes.  In myths, heroes are a special archetype because they represent certain pinnacles of human behavior.  In a way, they are a kind of wish fulfillment, giving people certain models of morality and ethics.  This is not to say that heroes are perfect, and after reading many of the hero myths, Heracles included, we find that they have flaws like any other person. 

Pick any of the hero myths from this week's readings (Heracles, Gilgamesh, or King Arthur).  Discuss their qualities.  What makes them heroes?  What makes them flawed human beings?  Can you see the stages of the hero's journey in their actions?

 

 

Part 2

Myth & knowing, Chapter 5 reading

In this chapter, Leonard & McClure examine the trickster figure.  The trickster is usually male, but beyond that he often defies simple categorization.  People often think of the word trickster and immediately think of someone who plays pranks, or tricks.  This is a simple definition, but as we read through the chapter we see that the trickster's actions are sometimes playful, sometimes, hurtful or sinister, but always motivated by selfish desires.

Read one of the trickster myths from above. Explain who the trickster is, what motivates him, and if his actions can be considered fair or ethical.  Give specific details to support your conclusion.

 

Part 3

Ancient vs. Modern Heroes

What is a modern hero?  In what ways are they similar with heroes from ancient myths?  Cite specific examples from the readings to support your perspectives.  Discuss your perspectives with your teams.

 

 

Part 4

Summarize the reading of "Gilgamesh" in the "Middle East" chapter of World Mythology

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