Assignment 1 - Mythology Terms: Memorize the definitions of the following 10 terms, using flashcards with the word on one side and the definition on the other. QUIZ: Friday, September 8th
Myth: A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
Archetype: A typical character, action or situation that represents universal patterns of human nature.
Chivalry: The system, spirit, or customs of medieval knighthood, which included bravery, skill, and honor.
Culture: The beliefs, customs, art, etc. of a particular society, group, place or time.
Deity: A god or goddess in a polytheistic religion.
Folklore: Traditional customs, tales, sayings or art of a community, passed through generations by word of mouth.
Hero/Heroine: The main character; a celebrated figure in ancient legends.
Legend: A traditional story, sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.
Odyssey: A long, adventurous journey; based off of the Greek Epic Poem.
Prophecy: A prediction of the future.
Assignment 2 – Reading and Annotations: You will read 3 Arthurian Legends (see attached). As you read these Legends, you will annotate the text, writing directly on the pages, underlining and circling as the directions on the attached pages explain. QUIZ and Annotations DUE: Friday, September 15th
Assignment 3 – Character Chart: On the last page in this packet, there is a list of characters from Arthurian Legend. Explain who each character is, and write which archetype you think each character fits into, and explain why. DUE: Friday, September 22nd
Assignment 4 –Movie Reflection: There are many movies based on Arthurian Legend, some more accurate to the original mythology than others. Choose one of the movies below and write a 300 word reflection, comparing and contrasting the movie to the reading:
Excalibur (1981) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) King Arthur (2004)
First Night (1995) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Last Legion (2007)
King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table
Myth #1: THE DRAWING OF THE SWORD
LONG, long ago, after Uther Pendragon died, there was no King in Britain, and every Knight hoped to seize the crown for himself. The country was like to fare ill when laws were broken on every side, and the corn which was to give the poor bread was trodden underfoot, and there was none to bring the evildoer to justice.
Then, when things were at their worst, came forth Merlin the magician, and fast he rode to the place where the Archbishop of Canterbury had his dwelling. And they took counsel together, and agreed that all the lords and gentlemen of Britain should ride to London and meet on Christmas Day, now at hand, in the Great Church. So this was done. And on Christmas morning, as they left the church, they saw in the churchyard a large stone, and on it a bar of steel, and in the steel a naked...