Each of your
lessons/lectures should be about 500-750 words long (about 2Â½ to 3Â½
pages double-spaced, Times 12-point font, with 1-inch margins). This is
not much time, so you will want to be concise but conversational, as
this is a presentation rather than an essay.
a) Mini-Lesson/Lecture I: Myth in Culture and the Arts
Examine how a particular myth
influenced/inspired something specific in culture or the arts, including
but not limited to a work of art, a poem, a religious ritual, a film, a
statue, a carving, a religious symbol, a novel, a video game, or a
specific TV episode. Compare the original myth with its presentation in
the chosen medium.
b) Mini-Lesson/Lecture II: Myths and Values
Choose a specific myth and identify
the specific values expressed through it. Explain how the myth functions
to uphold, enforce, or reinforce a set of values within its
culture/society/religion, to the detriment or benefit of that
c) Mini-Lesson/Lecture III: The Impact of Myth
Briefly describe a historical event, a
controversy, a world event, a current event, a military group or
action, a political event or group, a religious group or action, or a
similar phenomenon. Then, show how a specific myth relates to that
event, group, or action, as well as examining the impact that the
values, attitudes, and ideas imparted by that myth have on the people,
ideologies, and points of view in play.
In choosing your phenomenon, consider historical
or political events that might be said to have myths as their
ideological basis, such as the creation of the state of Israel, the
Spanish Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, the Holocaust, the reign of
Hirohito, Jonestown, the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir movement,
the Branch Davidians, jihadist suicide bombers, kamikaze pilots,
Manifest Destiny, Heaven’s Gate, the Tea Party movement, and so on.
You could also consider founders of
religions and heroic culture bearers who have mythic biographies or
quest stories in their histories. Think of scriptural material, such as
the New Testament gospels, which tell about the life of Jesus of
Nazareth; and hero myths that have inspired courageous action, such as
the story of Percival and his quest for the Holy Grail.
Each of your