Throughout history, humans have crafted countless stories of heroes, from the ancient journeys of Beowulf and Odysseus, to the modern ones of Harry Potter and Meredith Grey. At first glance, these stories are diverse in the extreme, coming from all different cultures and about all manner of heroes. One might think such different tales have nothing in common, but upon a closer examination, one notices a single plot template that is featured in almost every good story ever written. This idea, that heroic stories usually follow the same sequence of action, was realized by a mythologist named Joseph Campbell. Campbell calls this template the ‘Hero’s Journey’ or ‘Monomyth’, which has three major parts: separation, initiation, and return.
What would be the connection between Don Quixote, The Great Gatsby and all the stories of Sherlock Holmes? Is there any common element that may be reused in these narratives as a whole? Undoubtedly there are more divergences than similarities. In fact, all of them were written in different ages, cultures, styles and literary genres. Whereas the first Sherlock Holmes ' apparition was in 1886 in United Kingdom, The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by an American and the Spanish Don Quixote belongs to the XVI century.
In The Giver by Lois Lowry, the main character, Jonas, can undoubtedly be considered a hero. Jonas’ actions throughout The Giver are a quality example of the archetypal pattern of the Hero’s journey, and to depict this I used a variety of text, illustration, and color throughout my graphic novel. Jonas undergoes all three stages of the hero’s journey throughout the novel. He experiences the first step in this journey, the call to adventure, when he is selected to be the Receiver of Memory. Jonas, like most archetypal heroes during this step, notes that he believes that his life will change due to this call to a mysterious adventure.
Like Prometheus, Frankenstein builds his own own original creature. Though Prometheus makes many humans and Victor only makes one, their similar acts of inventing life provide an obvious connection between the two. In an article from BritLit by Samantha Elmendorf, she states the origin of Shelley’s titling, “The subtitle functions as an appositive to the primary title; Shelley likens Frankenstein to the classical father of mankind. The most obvious correlation is that both figures forms a living being out of lifeless material.” This describes part of the reasoning behind the title, as Shelley sees her character bringing a being to life just as Prometheus
Poetic devices are important in literature because they help to convey a message, add spontaneity to a poem, and give the reader a strong visual. Some poems are lengthy, and some poems can be very short, however when analyzed, they all express a deeper message. For example, when examining the poem, "The Changeling," by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the reader can easily spot the important message which the author is trying to reveal to the reader through the use of poetic devices. When closely reading this poem, the language and the terminology applied by Cofer enhances the readers ability to make connections between the theme of this poem and how it can be applied to real world scenarios. The poetic devices incorporated into the poem, "The Changeling," reflect on how young children interpret gender roles in their own way.
Passed down through various societies for multiple generations, the poem Beowulf is a true literary masterpiece. While first spread by word of mouth, the work was later transcribed, translated, and transformed into numerous forms of literature and media. Due to this, we know that their is not one true Beowulf. As Professor Martin Foys once said, “each generation gets the version of Beowulf it deserves”. These various adaptations led to differing tales of the conquests of Beowulf, as is the case with the first of the three agons, Beowulf’s clash with Grendel.
Neal Shusterman used the countless events of his lifetime to come up with some of the main ideas in Unwind, as seen with the heartland war, the civil rights of the characters in the novel, and the living conditions some characters had growing up. One of the main ideas in Unwind is the heartland war. When reading this book, time and time again the heartland war comes up. Clearly
Many religious references are made throughout Beowulf. God is referred to as "Eternal Lord", "the Almighty", and "Almighty Judge." The story of Cain is hugely referenced throughout Beowulf. Pagan practices within the text include the burning of Beowulf’s body after he died along with surrounding his body with luxurious treasures. The characters refer to God as their one and only savior.
Beowulf is on of the first works of English literature. It might have been recorded in writing in Old English around 700 A.D. by an Anglo-Saxon poet. Since Beowulf originated from Anglo-Saxons, are the traditions that affect the events of the poem Beowulf accurately represent those of the Anglo-Saxons? The basic purpose of an epic poem was to share stories of the culture’s history, pass down the values of the culture, and also to entertain the listeners. The Anglo-Saxons had a pagan culture that honored warriors more than anything.
Epic verse is one of the most punctual types of writing started as an oral portrayal depicting a progression of legendary or historic occasions. Inevitably, these stories were composed down and read so anyone might hear to an audience. The Epic of Gilgamesh was composed around fifteen hundred years preceding the Iliad, however the two epics indicates a large number of the similarities and differences in respects of symbolism, themes and allegory. This research will provide an overview of both Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer’s Iliad in regard of themes, representation of epic heroes, symbolism, allegory and mindset of the time period in which these stories were written by authors. The Epic of Gilgamesh is said to be the most established known case
Extra Characters in Beowulf Beowulf is a story that has been around since the year 580, or since 1000 AD. With that being said, there are bound to be several adaptations and modern re-imaginings of the same story about this dynamic warrior and all his glorious battles. The epic Beowulf (Heaney,Seamus) and one of its modern adaptation Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarson, S) has a few similarities, but they also have a great deal of differences, ranging from views on religion, Women, and even changing some of the story’s main characters. The movie’s addition of the main characters such as Grendel’s son, the witch, and Grendel’s dad, show that we, as the modern people, have a vastly different worldview with regards to the hardships of life’s complexities. A major addition to the main character 's roster was Grendel’s son.
I would describe “rhetoric” as the use of language in order to effectively express thought, and best convey a desired result to an audience given a specific context. I also agree with the idea that rhetoric attempts to “remedy misunderstanding” (I.A. Richards). The “rhetorical situation” is any situation where people are communicating, and is defined by a number of elements: rhetor, audience, purpose, context and strategies. The awareness of this concept definitely affects one’s writing and behaviors in that, it provides the best foundation to craft an engaging and effective piece of writing.