Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hero Quest


Hero: founder of something new, new age, new religion, new way of life.

"A number of men wanted to marry her because she could hunt and shoot and wrestle."

Universal: Applies to all

"Atlanta's father, whatever his name was, when a daughter and not a son was born to him, was, of course, bitterly dissappointed."

Unique: Has a special characteristic that sets him/her apart.

"A she bear took charge of her, nursed her, and kept her warm and the baby grew up thus into an active, daring little girl."

Major Flaw: Special but not perfect.

"She saw the gleam through the green, she could not resist it."

Initiation: The entering of a strange world and leaving behind the familiar.

"Her arrow was the first to strike it."

Journey:Road of trials, battles, and obstacles.

"Some say she sailed the Argonauts."

"At the funeral games...Atlanta appeared among the contestants."

"She declared that she would marry whoever could beat her in a footrace."

Companions: Sidekicks, partners, and support.

"Some of the heroes resented her presence..but Maleager insisted and they finally gave in to him."

"Kind hunters found her and took her to live with them."

Supernatural Guides:Provides information, magic, weapons, or charms.

"She could outshoot,outrun,and outwrestle the men of one of the two great ages of heroism."

Ultimate Battle: Final test

"Almost at once she had caught up with him and the goal was now very near, but the third golden sphere flashed across her path."

Transformation: Hero is altered in some way in the final battle.

"The two are said to have been turned into lions."

Death/Rebirth: Out with the old; in with the new

"Her free days alone in the forest and her athletic victories were over."

Boon: Gift of renewal;reward to be shared

"Atlanta had born a son, Pathenopaeus."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Myth: A legend or folktale that sometimes explains natural events.
The myth of Demeter and Persephone explains the change of seasons.

Hero:Founder of something new.
Hercules was a hero who was incredibly strong and noble.

Hero Journey: The road of trials,battles, and obstacles.
Hercules was given 12 labors or assignments that took him on a journey all over the world.

Universal: Applies to all
The story of Pandora's Box and the escape of the evils that befall mankind applies to all because it effects all human, therefore, it is universal.

Sacrifice: the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
In the myth, Prometheus sacrifices himself so humans can have fire.

Cyclical: Occurring in cycles
The seasonal myth of Demeter and Persephone is a cyclical myth because it happens every year in cycles.

Creation:The act of creating
Many cultures have myths to explain the creation of mankind.

Life From Death:Reincarnation, out with the old, in with the new.
In a Egyption myth, Marduk kills Kingu and creates humans using parts of Kingu.

Archetype: The standard pattern or model.
In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior

Duality: The quality or condition of being two or twofold, compromised of two.
People who are bipolar have the duality of personality.

Matriarchal: A leading female or mother.
Some tribes are matriarchal, they are governed by a matriarch.

Patriarchal: Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
A bishop would be considered a patriarch.