Stories in Diverse Media (AP HUMA 1780B) – Wednesday
November 21, 2012
Lecture: Animals in Stories
Homework: Test: One point, 5 point, and 10 point questions. Two Hours. Tip-sheet 200 words in proper
format: Microsoft Word: Insert Table: 10x20
Homework for January Class: 1) Read course kit (short) 2) pulp fiction movie; (library; Netflix or...)
Often involve conflict
Ability to suspend disbelief
The Metamorphosis by Kafka: Strange Story!
“metamorphosis”: to change from one thing to another
to “shape-shift” is more popular today (control change)
The Metaphor of the beetle: how is it used in this story?
Insect body: hard exterior, squishy insides
He is not the hero but the protagonist (main character)
Not just fun!: Often crisis: mother dies; abandonment, stolen, evil characters
Teaching, preparing kids
Folk Tales are source of many modern children stories
Teach life cycle rituals
Many are animal stories
Children identify with animals
Talking animals: animals with our human emotions, character and instincts projected onto
them Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Acts as a metaphor for sexual awakening
Teaches girls awareness of sexuality and possible dangers
The big “bad” wolf: why?
Actually: they are socially cooperative; playful; monogamous; loyal
Useful predator to keep rodents and deer in check
“Bad” from Sheppard’s perspective?
“Bad” wild dog that won’t be domesticated?
Lion is “good”: why?
Lion is also “bad” in terms of preying on domesticated animals yet associated with courage
And even mild Jesus (Aslan)
Devil Wolves in Christian Medieval Period
Wolves as devil incarnate