Mythology Essay

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Assigned: 2/19/2012
Due: 3/31/2012

Prepare a traditional documented essay (a.k.a. research paper) following the guidelines outlined in "Writing about Mythology." The position presented must be supported by details from the text in addition to the use of outside sources.

Three to five pages (not including the works cited)
MLA Format (See "Guidelines for Written Work: MLA Format.")
MLA Documentation
Works Cited page at the end
Three outside sources minimum
*Topic Suggestions:
Focus on the myths of a particular region of the world and explain how several factors, such as climate and historical events, influenced the development of belief in these gods.

Focus on a particular region and explain how the myths reflect the values of the culture that gave rise to such myths or heroes. Compare creation myths from at least three different cultures. Examine the common motifs, and identify the cultural differences.

Contrast two or more hero myths from different cultures, and explain the sociological, ethical, and/or philosophical differences. Using the standard definition of classic hero as discussed in class and your text, refer to one or more of the heroes from the text and contrast this hero with a specific contemporary hero.

Choose one of the classical epics (The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Gilgamesh, The Ramayana, etc.) and explain in detail why that particular story has lasted through the ages. Do not simply give a plot summary; instead, offer thoughtful analysis.

Demonstrate how ancient myths, particularly the "classics" of Greece and Rome, have helped to shape our culture. Make a case for an increased emphasis on world mythology (not just Greek and Roman mythology) in contemporary society (such as in the public school system).  

*Keep in mind that you are not limited to these suggestions.  

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