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.”
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.
The link below provides detailed Instructions and Guide for Writing the Critical Analysis, and suggestions for topics. This link provides a step by step guide for writing, to include instructions on what must be included in your analysis.
Critical Analysis Guide and Instructions
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Rubric Name: Critical Analysis Essay
This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.
Content and Analysis
Submitted the Critical Analysis contains important key points and the connection between myth and modern works you have learned in the course is evident. The essay has a clear synopsis of the plot of the analyzed work. The organization of the essay and the treatment of the mythic elements in the selected work are evident. Critical Analysis includes specific details relating to the mythical work.
Thesis, Support, and Elements
Well formulated, clearly written Critical Analysis thesis that identifies and narrows the scope of your essay. Essay demonstrates thorough understanding of assignment. Well written supporting paragraphs and conclusion to essay are present which includes an examination of the elements and concepts of the myths; meets length requirements
Reseach Style Grammar, and Organization
Resource usage is thoroughly and accurately supported with MLA-style or APA-style documentation. Essay has been edited for mechanics errors and no errors appear.
Clash of the Titans (1981 or 2010)
How to Train your Dragon
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Lord of the Rings
Stargate (movie or TV show)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
House of Flying Daggers
Ring of the Nibelungs
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Water Horse
Jason and the Argonauts
Return of Hanuman
Legend of Rama
Secret of Roan Inish
Conan the Barbarian
The 13th Warrior
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Hercules (movie or TV series)
Baba Yaga (folktale)
The Hobbit (Tolkien)
A Hundred Years of Solitude (Garcia Marquez)
The Sword of Shanarra (Brooks)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima)
Don Quixote (Cervantes)
The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Raspe)
Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)