Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT

Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
Greek Mythology - Myths An Introduction AND Write your Own Myth PPT
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Myths - An Introduction AND Write your own Myth

Definition

Any body of stories linked to the religious life of a culture

A kind of modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them

A story concerning the origins of the world

Creation Myths

Every human culture has a "creation myth": a story that explains how the universe, world, and/or human race came to exist.

Making Sense of the World

Myths as stemming from a human need to make sense of the world and to resolve cultural dilemmas.

Reassured Early Man

Myths must have reassured early man. More important, it is likely that the repeated telling of stories symbolizing the rising of the sun, the return of spring, or the ripening of crops was a magical way of making these things happen.

The Mesopotamian/Babylonian Creation Myth

It is basically a myth of the cycle of seasons

Marduk builds dwelling places for the other gods. As they take their place, they establish the days and months and seasons of the year.

Marduk decides to create human beings, but needs blood and bone from which to fashion them.

The Mesopotamian/Babylonian Creation Myth

Ea kills Kingu and uses his blood to fashion mankind so they can perform menial tasks for the gods.

The Norse Creation Myth

The first world to exist was Muspell, a place of light and heat whose flames are so hot that those who are not native to that land cannot endure it.

Beyond Muspell lay the great and yawning void named Ginnungagap, and beyond Ginnungagap lay the dark, cold realm of Niflheim

The Norse Creation Myth

Where heat and cold met appeared thawing drops, and this running fluid grew into a giant frost ogre named Ymir.

Ymir slept, falling into a sweat. Under his left arm there grew a man and a woman. And one of his legs begot a son with the other

Mythology

Mythology has been used by poets, playwrights and artists for centuries. The nineteenth century, however, saw the rise of scientific rationalism, and social realism in the arts. Myths were in danger of being demoted to the status of antiquated tales about non-existent gods.

Write Your Myth

Some mythic elements that derive from the Oral Tradition are:

1.The use of repetition for emphasis and ease of recall;

2. The use of poetic devices such as alliteration, personification, metaphor and simile, and symbolism;

3. A concern with numbers, often times repeated;

4.The power of "The Word" (Logos) and the subsequent use of concrete nouns to label important elements (both human and non-human).

How evil and death entered the world.

How and why a mate was created for the first human.

What is the relationship between humans and other forms of created life? Are humans above the cyclical scheme of the natural world, or are they part of this organic cycle?

Is the created world static, or evolving or devolving?

Was the world / universe created out of something or nothing? What was this something? Was the original material undifferentiated, chaotic, or . . .?

Select your setting in time and place

Select your protagonist: god or goddess?

Select your antagonist: monster or man?

Create a Plot: Exposition

Introduce the characters and the setting

Create an initiating complication

Create a Plot:Conflicts

Man vs Man

Man vs Nature

Man vs His Own Weak Self

You may have more that one and should.

Which is the main conflict and which is the secondary one.

Create a Plot: Complications and Rising Action

List complications here:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Create a Plot: Key Moment and Climax

What is the key moment?

What is the climax?

Create a Plot: List Any Falling Actions

List falling actions here (if any):

1.

2.

3.

4.

Create a Plot: What is the Resolution

This is the critical part of the myth.

What is the reader supposed to learn form the myth?

Now that you have a plot outline, begin writing your myth.

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