Step 1: Choose ONE of the following myths for analysis:
1) Iliad, book 9, the Myth of Meleager (Textbook: Essential Homer, pp. 92-106);
2) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (Bb Reading: Bb CLA 135>Assignments>Paper);
3) Odyssey, book 10, Circe (Textbook: Essential Homer, pp. 314-331).
Step 2: Choose any TWO of the following interpretive tools:
Step 3: Create an outline with a thesis and proofs.
The outline must contain the following sections:
I. Introduction. State the chosen myth. State the two theories that you will apply. State your main thesis: Which of the two theories works better than the other and WHY? If neither theory seems to work, HOW can you prove both of them wrong? What will your analysis show?
II. Short summary –descriptive. BRIEFLY outline the main points of the narrative (just use keywords.) This is just to determine the core episodes and is not an analysis.
III. Step-by-step interpretive analysis that will PROVE your main thesis.
IV. Conclusion: Restate your thesis and the main points of your analysis.
See sample outline on next page.
Important note: Facts about the myth can be researched, but the interpretive analysis must be original. While you do not need to cite in the paper outline the sources you might have consulted, keep in mind that in the first and final draft of the term paper any idea or words from another source, including the Web, must be appropriately noted.
Any use of ideas or wording without noting the source used is considered plagiarism (see syllabus). Students found guilty of plagiarism may receive a score of zero for this assignment, which is the minimum penalty. Please note that receiving a grade of E for the entire course is not an inappropriate penalty, if the infraction warrants.
Sample Outline: “Iron Hans”
*Courtesy of Prof. Linda Worley from GER 103: Fairy Tales in European Context
I. Introduction: “Iron Hans”
Jungian analysis of development stages of the heroic quester. Fits well because the tale follows the quest of a young boy to become a man
Main thesis: With the aid of his “wild man” mentor Iron Hans, the young boy grows from a dependent young child to a fully developed man. Each of his various tests and trials teach the different character traits he needs to achieve wholeness. These include time spent with the “wild man.”
II. Short summary-descriptive. Main plot points
A. Departure from home: away from his family with his mentor Iron Hans
B. Initiation Phase:
1. Journey into another world: journey into the woods
2. Supernatural aid: the Wild Man is his supernatural mentor
3. Trials and Tests:
a. At the pond. 3 tests, 3 failures
b. As a gardener
c. As a warrior
C. “Ultimate boon” -Iron John’s transformations
D. Return to the known world / Master of two world s
I. Return to king’s reahn ~ 2. Challenged at festival 3 times. Is recognized by his battle wound.
3. Marries princess, master of kingdom and reahn of Iron Hans
III. Interpretive Analysis
A. In the absence of his biological father, the young boy is attracted to the powerful, but imprisoned Iron Hans.
B. His act of going against his father’s wishes, sets loose the wild man and begins the young boy’s adventure in the reahn of the wild man, a reahn that can teach him things not available at court and that help him access his own powers.
C. The young boy goes through various trials and tests. Each trial and test teaches new things.
At the pond: his giving in to pain and vanity, cause him to be exiled in the forest. He must learn to be stoic and not vain.
At the king’s palace, he must work in the kitchen and the garden. He must learn to be poor and humble.
He does not immediately respond to the interest of the princess. He will not reveal himself or become involved with romance before he is ready.
He finally acts as a warrior, but keeps his identity secret. He shows he has learned not to be vain and also to accept his wounds.
He can finally reveal himself to the public when he surmounts even the trails that can occur at home.
His wound speaks for him. He carries the sign of his worth on his body.
D. He becomes a king, but also remembers the supernatural reahn.
IV. Conclusion: restate the thesis and main pts. Very briefly
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