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Title: “A Feminist Analysis of Demeter and Persephone: Reimagining the Goddess Theory”

Read the story of “Demeter and Persephone” below.  Then think as a feminist and believer in the Goddess Theory.  What would Marija Gimbutas comment regarding the story and how it might have been changed?  What would she comment regarding Demeter? What would a feminist comment regarding the behavior of the male gods in the story?  Closely examine the behavior, for example, of Hades in the underworld with Persephone.  How would a feminist characterize his behavior?  
I attached a file about the main ideas regarding the Goddess Theory and feminism and the story of “Demeter and Persephone”.

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Title: Different Paradigms in Addressing a Cultural Conflict Key elements of the Buddhist paradigm: – Belief in the concept of interdependence and interconnectedness – Emphasis on compassion and non-violent resolution of conflicts – Focus on

Read the scenario below.  Then think first about what you would think and do as a Buddhist.  Then go back and think from the point of view of believers in the “sacred bloodline” of their people.  Then, do the same for either the American Ideal or Christian paradigm.  This is not a conventional essay, so do each of the paradigms in four small sections labeled “Key elements of the paradigm,” “What is the problem?” “How to fix the problem,” and “What justifies my answer.”  Do each one separately one at a time in this format. 

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Title: Critical Analysis of Assigned Text: Condensed and Insightful 1-Page Answer

Make sure that it is evident from your condensed and intelligent 1-page answer that you:
(1) have read the assigned text, (2) gave it some serious thought, (3) propose relevant analysis and insightful comments.
Each question requires a full single paged answer please refer back to the Exam Doc to see the requirements.

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The Mythical Reflections: Exploring the Themes of Greek Mythology

you will be asked to write what I call a Digital Book for this class. This will be a “book” about our class themes. The target length is 6,500 words. The page count does not matter – this gives you the freedom to format your book however you want – but it works out to roughly twenty-six pages.
One way you can arrange your book is to pick one of daily lecture Questions and write your response to it. You can pick multiple questions and give short answers to them, or just focus on one; or you can create your own questions. It is up to you how much space you devote to each question. You can also change the order around.
In order to receive a grade of A, your writing should be both clear and interesting, where ‘clear’ means ‘written in easy to understand English’, while ‘interesting’ means, basically, your own reflections, with no plot summary. You will receive feedback indicating whether you are meeting these two criteria and formatting your book correctly.
in the document uploaded apply reflections and thoughts on each Greek character listed.

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“Heroes Across Time: Two Tales of Courage and Adventure”

1.) Write two myths dealing with heroes. 
If you pick this set of tales, you will be writing two stories about heroes (a term that includes divinities who act heroically, heroeswho are partially divine or even heroes who are totally human – and do not forget the tricksters).  If you decide on this choice for your paper, the guidelines that follow are a bit different: you may pick two heroes we have studied in this class OR you may invent two of your own heroes
This is what you need to consider first:
Heroes often have character traits that are larger than life.  Both their flaws and strengths may be beyond those of ordinary folks.  Heroes also go on quests – to fulfill their destiny/find a treasure/learn answers to questions/rescue others from danger – the reasons depend on the hero/context/function of the tale.  Heroes may or may not survive at the end, and they may even resort to magic or trickery if it helps them succeed.  These are some of the lessons we have learned – keep these lessons in mind.
*IF you choose to write about two heroes we have already studied, you MUST keep their character/nature/cultural background EXACTLY as it has been depicted in the tales.  You cannot change THEM – in other words, you cannot give Thor the wisdom to learn from his own failures if he is one of your choices.  What you MUST change, however, is the context – bring your two heroes out of the time/place from which they came and into the 21st century.  They will still  have the heroic nature and characteristics from the past, but you are setting them far outside their “comfort zone” to do whatever you have called them to do.  
What sort of task or quest will you give them?  How will they behave and why?  You will weave these two tales, from beginning to the end, keeping in mind that your hero’s lack of familiarity with our world and our ways may present some interesting challenges.  Each tale is to be approx. 3 pages long.
*IF, on the other hand, you choose to invent two heroes of your own, you will create those characters according to the type of heroic figure you intend them to represent.  THEN…you will transport each character back to a specific time/place and civilization that we have already studied.  You are NOT setting the stage in this case – you are inserting into an actual context and culture a figure from a totally different reality.  You will need to be clear about where/when that is, as long as it comes from the material for this class.  Your heroes will each then have to deal with existing circumstances, beliefs, peoples, etc.  They may be outside their own “comfort zone” because you have created them and then placed them in that spot.
What will they do there?  How will they demonstrate their heroic qualities and fulfill their duties as heroes?  Will their behaviors be understood by those around them?  Will they be acknowledged as heroic?
Remember that each one of them will be in a separate tale – each tale is to be at least 3 pages long, with a beginning, middle and end that fits with the theme you have chosen.

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Title: Exploring the Universal Archetypes and Cultural Variations in Heroic Stories: A Comparative Analysis of Three Case Studies from Different Cultures

STATE YOUR THESIS OR KEY QUESTION * APPLY RELEVANT THEORIES/METHODS * EXAMINE/COMPARE CASE STUDIES * REVEAL SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES OR PATTERNS/VARIATIONS * SHARE (insightful) CONCLUSIONS
Technical requirements:
* 12 double-spaced pages, Time 12 font, Word file, 1-page Notes/References + 1 page Bibliography (must contain articles and books; and only 2-3 academic website, if necessary. A paper without a relevant Bibliography or websites only cannot be accepted). The key ideas and your conclusions must be highlighted in boldface.
The project proposal is structured around three main thematic areas
Universal Archetypes and Themes: The first aspect of the research involves a detailed study of the archetypes and the themes which are found in the hero’s journeys across different cultural settings. With reference to Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, the study intends to explore and identify common themes, including the call to adventure, the crossings of thresholds, trials and challenges, and eventually, the hero’s transformation. Through studying the archetypal elements of folktales from various cultural settings, the study seeks to identify those base human experiences and values that are common to all.
Types of Heroic Stories: The second thematic area focuses on identifying various kinds of heroic stories from folklore such as epics, legends, and myths. Every type of story depicts a specific cultural vision and the society’s attitude towards heroism and human existence, unveiling how people perceive these concepts. By using comparative analysis of these stories, this research aims to uncover the different ways in which heroes are shown, praised, and respected within different cultural backgrounds.
Cultural Significance of Mythological Creatures: The study’s third part focuses on cultural significance of mythological creatures which acted as central characters in the folktales. Generally, such creatures concretize the cultural anxieties, beliefs, and expectations as well as being the very symbols that are admired by people old and young alike. Through the examination of how different cultural contexts present and interpret mythical creatures, the research intends to discover the hidden cultural patterns and values which are the basis of these narratives
Content requirements:
(1) You must deliver a comparative paper on the topic approved by the Instructor, and based on your earlier submitted proposal.
(2) Choose three most relevant case studies (myth or folklore related stories, media including); each should be from three cultures/traditions.
Suggestion: select one familiar to you or from your heritage, another from the culture you want to know more about; and the third from the English-speaking narrative world as the most transcultural and widespread storytelling media these days. This way you can cover the dear/familiar, the intriguing/unfamiliar and the language of the global (media) communication.
(3) Make sure you have the clear Conclusions, which stem from your comparative analysis.
NB! Requirements — mandatory: three sections or layers
* 1/3 of the course paper must be based on the application of the theories and ideas of this course: choose the most relevant, interesting to you, or methodologically useful for you analysis.
* 1/3 of the paper must bring in theories and ideas from any other reliable academic sources, which you must also effectively employ in your analysis. (Recommended: the sources I prioritize; or any other you discover on your own. Note: great books cannot be “dated” — the earlier studies may be more profound than the recent ones).
* The final 1/3 must be your own findings and conclusions — your input as a researcher, potentially your published article or Master’s thesis). See below the “best practices” to enhance your own contribution.

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Title: “Exploring the Interplay Between Culture and Myth: An Analysis of Ancient Northern European and Greek Mythology”

The final will consist of three question options, worth 50 points each. Students are to choose two of these options to answer in an essay format. Each question’s answer is to be a minimum of 500 words and no more than 750. Essays are to be a file upload, double-spaced, your name and date in the upper right corner on the first page only. Please specify the number of the question, proofread your work, and cite sources both in text and on a Works Cited page. Your essay must be supported by the judicious use of quotes and specific details. Question 1: When ancient Northern Europeans began to feel the influence of the Roman invasions in the first century AD, they tried to fit their gods into the Greco-Roman mythos, or vice-versa. They identified Thor with Hercules, or with Zeus, though clearly these two Greco-Roman gods had very different roles in the hierarchy of the gods and different mythic experiences. Discuss the ways in which Thor compares to these Greek deities, and the ways in which he differs from both. What gives Thor his unique position among the Northern Europeans? The sources for this should be the Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus or a similar collection, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and this site that gives more information about Thor: https://mythopedia.com/topics/thor You can use any of the material about heroes from the class as well. Question 2:
Women play a prominent role in tragedy and in Greek myth. Develop an argument for EITHER the nobility and heroism of women OR their instability and danger. Choose only ONE of these positions and discuss how the women (pick three of them) you choose prove your claim. You can use mortal and immortal women for this discussion. The essay should be supported by clear and specific evidence that is cited to a source. Question 3:
Your task is to pick only one character to focus on for this question set. All of us throughout time have been a part of a culture where we both take and give from it. The idea of reciprocity, or behavior in which two people or groups of people give each other help and advantages, is one that ensures the survival of societies. Using a character from one of the dramas (plays), one of the epics (Homer’s works), or the Norse myths, explain this individual’s relationship with his or her larger society. How did the culture create or limit choices for the individual? How free was the individual to make their own choices?

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The Downfall of the Amazonians and Their Connection to Wonder Woman Title: “The Amazonians: A Tale of Wonder and Downfall”

Isn’t letting me change due date but can you please have it done before noon tomorrow. (Tuesday May 7th @noon)
Connect the amazonians to the movie Wonder Women and explain their way of living and how they relate and explain the downfall of the amazonians and the reason for their downfall.
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Title: Ethical Perspectives on Antigone’s Actions Summary of Articles: In the first article, “Antigone and the Ethics of Virtue,” author Martha C. Nussbaum examines the actions of the titular character in Sophoc

Discuss how the viewpoints of the authors differ.
Explain Antigones actions using virtue ethics and deontology and analyze the authors similarities and differences.
Provide a 2-3 page summary of each article and a brief reflection on how the articles differ from one another AND from your own perspectives on the topic (this section should be at least 1-2 paragraphs).
use the articles provided

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“Classical Myths in Modern Media: An Analysis of Adaptations and Retellings” Title: “Classical Myths in Modern Media: An Analysis of Adaptations and Retellings”

For your final project you will select some “modern” (from the Renaissance to the present day) media or practice that borrows from or is an adaptation/ retelling of a Classical myth. This can be visual art (painting, sculpture, etc.), literature (novel, comic books), film, video games, advertisement, technology and science (e.g., NASA), etc. You will answer the following questions: 
-What is the story that is being adapted? Where does the story come from in antiquity (i.e., is it from a particular text such as the Iliad)? Why do you think the creators chose this myth? 
-What changes (if any) are made from the original myth and why do you think these changes were made? 
-Who is the audience for this piece? How clear do you think it is that this piece comes from Classical mythology. For instance, the movie “Troy” is likely to be well understood as coming from Greek mythology while the film “Oh Brother, Where Art Though? (which is based on the Odyssey) has less clear Classical roots.