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Gods and Heroes
One of the most popular Greek myths of Gods and Heroes is that of The Odyssey in which Odysseus is traveling home following the end of the Trojan War. He has been gone for 10 years, and it will take him another 10 to return. Throughout his travels he encounters many gods and goddesses as well as other mythical creatures that both help and hinder his travels.
The question of our existence and awareness of it has plagued the human mind since it became aware of itself. Like creation, humankind has sought to find a way to explain being alive and what our awareness of that means as seen in the myths of
A creation myth (or cosmogonic) myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. While in popular usage the term myth often refers to false or fanciful stories, members of cultures often ascribe varying degrees of truth to their creation myths.In the society in which it is told, a creation myth is usually regarded as conveying profound truths, metaphorically, symbolically and sometimes in a historical or literal sense. They are commonly, although not always, considered cosmogonical myths – that is, they describe the ordering of the cosmos from a state of chaos or amorphousness (Creation).
3 Types of Influence
revealed by Joseph Campbell shows that all major characters follow the same steps throughout their stories, no matter their time, place, or culture. These stories are also connected by
who reappear throughout all of these stories in the forms of heroes, shadows, tricksters and many more, and the
ties it all together by revealing one text folded into the next as a quick reference for readers and viewers who are in-the-know.
Remember to use Poise, Voice, and Life as you present your work to your peers. They will engage with your work using Pear Deck, and you will have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge!
Adventure through Literature
How have literature and culture of the past influenced what we read, watch, see, and listen to today, and how, in turn, does this impact our own reading choices and writing styles?
Death & Seasons
Of course when questioning creation and existence, on their heels come the question of death and the afterlife. We must remember these were people "who lived in close companionship with nature . . . a connection with earth . . . When the stories were being shaped, we are given to understand, little distinction had as yet been made between the real and unreal" (Hamilton 1) which is why life, death, and nature are irrevocably intertwined.
This is another way in which stories are interconnected. Throughout your childhood movie watching experience, you may have noticed allusions from mythologies like in the obvious Hercules or Moana, but they are sprinkled through others--can you think of an example?
Classical mythology — the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans — has had an enormous influence on European and American culture through allusion.
Which of these gods and goddesses to you know? Where did you come across them?
The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why the year is divided into seasons. They even explore the monsters that represent our inner demons (Mythology).However, as we look closer at the literature and films that are popular today, we discover many other myths besides the traditional Greek.
Day 2- 45 min. with handout questions;
Day 3-Cyclops excerpt
Compare Norse to Greek creation
Icarus and Daedalus
What lessons do these myths still hold for us today?
"Nothing is clearer than the fact that primitive man . . . is not and never has been a creature who peoples his world with bright fancies and lovely visions. Horrors lurked in the primeval forest . . . Terror lived there with its close attendant Magic" (Hamilton 2), and to be honest, we are not much different with our fascination with the evils of the world that surround us still.
Complete God/Goddess Chart
Day 4- 45 min. with handout questions;
Day 5-Sirens excerpt
Followed by Icarus Gallery Walk
Day 11: Allusions to Persephone Activity
Day 12-13: Complete Monster Webquest
Select one of the following mythologies to apply your new knowledge and skills to and share with you classmates
Consider which monster(s) were your favorite