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Lecture 5

CLA204H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Acrisius, Estrous Cycle, Serifos


Department
Classics
Course Code
CLA204H5
Professor
Daniel James Thornton
Lecture
5

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Usually have a cult to be venerated
Sometimes a downfall
Sometimes end up becoming gods
They go through many experiences
Stands out from the rest
A human who's done something exceptionally good/bad - beyond human
Tore the roof of a school house
Killed 60 children
Ran to a sanctuary
Hit himself on the chest
No one saw him again
Blind by rage
Cleomedes: candidate for the Olympic games (wrestling)
Raped his niece and cut out her tongue
Theseus of Athens: OR TERIUS IDK
Examples:
Worshipped in Herom/ Heroa
Job requirements
Logman: biography - make the hero a generic figure
Archetype of heroic journey
Heroic myth has the same basic character thread
Monomyth: one myth/ pattern with variations
Archetypes found in the collective unconscious
Campbell: the hero with a thousand faces
Myths are psychologically true b/c in them we can see ourselves
Myth is a public dream. Private dreams are personal myths
Ordinary world: the hero is uncomfortable or unaware
1.
Call to adventure: something happens so the hero must face a change - internal or
external call
2.
Refusal of the call: unable to do something despite of the need because of fear
3.
Meeting the mentor: hero is encouraged by the wise man/woman. Given instructions
4.
Crossing the threshold: with help and he/she moves forward - transition from ordinary
world to supernatural/heroic world
5.
Tests, allies, enemies:
6.
Approach: the hero recognizes the challenge ahead and goes towards it
7.
Katabasis: descent into hell/madness/terror.
Anabasis: rebirth/ reemergence
The ordeal, birth, and rebirth: around the middle of the story
8.
The reward: the hero retrieves what he/she was out for
9.
The road back: he/she is driven to complete the adventure
10.
The resurrection: severe testing of the hero
11.
Return with the elixir: he/she returns home and becomes wiser/better
12.
Stages:
http://www.thewritersjourney.com/hero's_journey.htm
Hero: male/female. Someone from the past
Lecture 5
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