What do Mowgli, the man cub, and Nobody, the live boy, have in common? This download provides specific examples of inspirations Neil Gaiman drew from The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, and used in The Graveyard Book. Gaiman went beyond Kipling, however, and established a theme in TGB around reading and stories as paths to life and adventure. This material shows how the author cited a range of classic works and will help teachers to enrich class discussions and provide project ideas for independent work by students.
Works discussed in these materials:
The Jungle Book (1894) and
The Second Jungle Book (1895), Rudyard Kipling
The Story of Aladdin; Or, The Wonderful Lamp (1710), by Antoine Galland
Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe
Tom Brown's School Days (1857) by Thomas Hughes
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson
But, wait! There's more! This seventeen page download also includes the following background and student materials:
- Gaiman's literary influences
-- Comic Books
-- A personal theology - Is the Graveyard itself, with its living trees, winding paths and overgrown ivy, a character in TGB?
-- Joseph Campbell's monomyth (The Hero's Journey)
-- The Golden Bough
-- Magic vs. Science
- A one-page author bio (with links for more background);
- A two-page student handout, "Ancient Egyptian Mythology and the Afterlife," for use in teaching cross-cultural connections between the Osiris myth and Bod's experience. Includes prompts that could be used for class discussion or written assignments;
- A two-page written exercise (some schools might call it a worksheet) describing characters from world myths and providing space for students to write about similarities and differences;
- Source material, analysis and some links explaining the nursery rhymes referred to on page 26 of TGB.
Literary Allusion, myth & background for Gaiman's The Graveyard Book by Sara Hathaway is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License