Choose one of the prompts below for this assignment.
Explain what the prophesy in “How the Coyote Got His Powers” means and relate it to another text or historical circumstance that shares the same story or theme. Think back to our class discussion of many characters from the Batman movies and comics as trickster and Coyote figures, as well as the similarities between the Exodus of the Jewish population from Egypt as inspiration. Avoid using these examples if you can and look for one of your own.
Pick one of the warning tales (Pentheus, Phaeton, Godfather) and explain the tension that underlies the warning in the tale, then analyze how that tension is demonstrated throughout the story. You can explicate symbols and how they exhibit the tension, actions of the characters, or other facets of the plot. Basically, you are attempting to uncover how the tension works itself out in the events, characters and objects of the story and how it communicates with the reader.
Compare and contrast the song “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” paying specific attention to how the main idea is communicated. Possible facets to consider are audience, mode (poetry versus prose), use of language, tone, and rhetorical strategies. This prompt requires that you write a semi- formal rhetorical analysis of both works. Of course, this task cannot possibly be done thoroughly in two pages, and so you will need to pick one or two major themes or concepts to focus on for this response.
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