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Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology - Monday October 8th 2007 Vladimir...

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Monday October 8 th , 2007 Vladimir Propp’s structural theory of hero: -- Ten steps- 1) Hero has elements of extraordinary 2) Has oppositions from birth or young 3) Enemies instigate achievement 4) Has ally 5) Many obstacles, usually by quest or journey 6) Conflicts with god, human or creature 7) Has taboos 8) Has to be successful by going to and from the underworld 9) Success is awarded is different ways 10) Suffering makes him more knowledgeable motifeme: motif, narrative function Lord Raglan: outlined 22 traits of heroes. Leading in myth-ritual theory. -- Ex. Star Wars and Oedipus -- Lord Raglan’s scale. 22 points Joseph Campbell- Three main points of 1) Separation, 2) Initiation, 3) Departure. -- Idea of monomyth- archetypal patterns in myths and heroes. -- Heroes portrayed universal truths. Heroic Age- between Bronze Age and Iron Age. -- Heroes were demi-gods, went on voyages and journeys. ** Ex- Heracles, Jason and the Argonauts, Achilles Arete means “excellence” or “virtue”.
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