In this assignment, you will write a critical analysis of a film or book or television series in which you identify the mythic symbolism, the use of myth, the imitation or adaptation of myth, specific reference to myths that we have read. When the original myths were told to a rapt audience, their imaginations brought the gods, the creatures, the events to life. We have a similar experience when we see the symbols that arise out of the myths come to life when we see them played out before our eyes on television, in the theater or on film.

In this assignment, you will write a critical analysis of a film or book or television series in which you identify the mythic symbolism, the use of myth, the imitation or adaptation of myth, specific reference to myths that we have read.

When the original myths were told to a rapt audience, their imaginations brought the gods, the creatures, the events to life.  We have a similar experience when we see the symbols that arise out of the myths come to life when we see them played out before our eyes on television, in the theater or on film.  We enjoy these stories just as our distant ancestors enjoyed them.  Although our ancestors probably put far more belief in the reality of the stories than we do, we do not escape the impact of the underlying truths of the myths even though we proclaim ourselves “too educated” or “too enlightened.”

Instructions

In this assignment, you will write a critical analysis of a film or book or television series in which you identify the mythic symbolism, the use of myth, the imitation or adaptation of myth, specific reference to myths that we have read.  The emphasis in this assignment is on analysis.  Do not simply retell the story line; rather show not only the mythic elements that are present in the film/book that you selected, but also how those elements bring the mythic values from the original myth into the film/book.
It is recommended that you stay in the area of concentration that you chose for your annotated bibliography, but you are not required to do so.

 

· This essay should convey what you have learned and the connections you have made.  Outside references are not necessary but please adhere to either APA or MLA style if using them.

· Please double-space your submission, include your name at the top of the first page, and be sure to use proper formatting for citations.

 

This essay should convey what you have learned and the connections you have made.  Outside references are not necessary but please adhere to either APA or MLA style if using them.

Please double-space your submission, include your name at the top of the first page, and be sure to use proper formatting for citations.

If you adhere to all guidelines, you can expect this essay to be at least 3 pages total.

 

· Consider the characters, paying close attention to the actions and attitudes of the characters in the myths and how they appear in the film or book. Be specific and support your statements by referencing details. For example, what kind of hero is Achilles?  What kind of hero is Frodo from Lord of the Ring series?

This essay should convey what you have learned and the connections you have made.  Outside references are not necessary but please adhere to either APA or MLA style if using them.