Greetings, My AP Lit Babies.
This week’s discussion pertains to our study of epic heroes and our reading of Beowulf. As always, this week’s blog presents an opportunity for you to extend your learning far beyond our classroom discussion.
Here are your tasks:
- Visit the following website and gleam as much as you can from it about the hero archetype in literature, religion, and pop culture. They’ve actually been nice enough to provide their citation for you in MLA format, so this week I thoroughly expect to see citations in your posts. The Hero Archetype in Literature, Religion, and Popular Culture
- Revisit our reading of Beowulf, but also visit this website to guide your understanding of the text–Beowulf for Beginners.
- Watch one of the following epic films and compare its plot, setting, theme(s), symbol(s), and characters to those in Beowulf. Be sure to take thorough notes as you watch…
- Gladiator (Russell Crowe, 2000)
- Star Wars
- Robin Hood (Russell Crowe, 2010)
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
- I Am Legend (2004)
- Kingdom of Heaven (Orlando Bloom, 2005)
- Mad Max Trilogy
- Troy (2004)
- Malcolm X (Denzel Washington, 1992)
- What’s Love Got to Do With It? (Angela Bassett, 1993)
- Elektra (Jennifer Garner, 2004)
- Million Dollar Baby (Hillary Swank, 2004)
- Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
- The Ten Commandments
- Saving Private Ryan
- Man on Fire (Denzel Washington, 2004)
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand
- John Q.
- The Book of Eli
- Men of Honor (Cuba Gooding, Jr., 2000)
- Hero (Jet Li, 2002)
- Valkyrie (2008)
- The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Now you’re ready to write. Here are some thoughts to guide you:
- Does Beowulf fit the model of an epic hero? Why or why not?
- How is Beowulf similar or dissimilar from modern heroes? Be sure to consider heroes from literature, religion, and pop culture to assist you. Specifically, consider the hero represented in the modern epic film you viewed.
- As a literary text, how effective is Beowulf in imitating the style of an epic poem? For this question, be sure to discuss certain aspects of the poem that assist your interpretation (literary devices, characterization, etc.)
That’s it! Since your post requires additional research outside of the usual (i.e., film analysis), you’ll have one additional day to post. Thus, your original response post is due by 10:00pm, Friday, September 6th . Your response to at least two of your classmates’ posts is due by 10:00pm, Sunday, September 8th .
As always, I am here to assist if you need me. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to along the way.