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Argue the case for the

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World Mythology Term Paper Proposal

utilizing one of the myths we have covered (or will cover) in class (Ramayana, Metamorphoses, Trickster Tales, or one of the many myths in Parallel Myths, but substantiated by a long, classical source of the myth) and a modern myth of your own choosing (film, story, etc.). You have already found your sources and outlined your paper in the

World Mythology Term Paper Outline

assignment, so now is when you actually write your final edited paper.

Your term paper must be at least 1500 words minimum, and includes the following:

1. Thesis (note with an asterisk: *)

2. 5 sources, 2 of them books, cited in proper MLA format.

3. 8 quotes (not paraphrases! actual quotes from sources, in “”) minimum from your sources, including the theorist.

4. Support your argument with quotes from the theorist you picked in your proposal from Parallel Myths.

5. Exposition and analysis of your classical myth, with appropriate classical & legitimate source.

6. Exposition and analysis of your modern myth.

Attached is the outline and the Proposal.

Term Paper Proposal
Myths are an embodiment of ancient history and morality. Notably, they are also
regarded as the earliest form of literary expressions. However, Bierlein goes ahead to clarify
more about parallel myths. He reveals that parallel are the world greatest myths which include
the different cultures in Africa and Oceania, the twelve Olympians of ancient Greek Mythology,
and the myth of the Norsemen. Therefore, from such myths he articulates topics such as love
tales, morality, myths of creation, and the apocalyptic vision. In contemporary society, the
aspects of myths have also been manifested especially in the film industry. *Therefore, in this
paper, similarities between the parallel myths and the myths in the film Thor will be
In parallel myths, gods are revealed as human beings, and their action depicts those of
human beings as well. The same case has been revealed in the film Thor whereby he is a human
being and is regarded as the god of thunder. Rudolf Bultmann, “the German theologian states,
that “myths talk about gods as human beings, and about their actions as human actions, with the
difference that the gods are represented as endowed with superhuman power and their action as
unpredictable(Bierlein, 274-275).” This has been manifested in the film Thor whereby he is able
to use his hammer to control thunder.
Another similarity is that according to the parallel myths, there is the issue of giving
people the illusion to understand the universe in depth. This has also been manifested in the film
Thor whereby one understands the myths of the Norsemen. Claudi Levi Strauss states “myth is
unsuccessful in giving the man more material over the environment (Bierlein, 272-274).”
Therefore, this affirms that parallel myths give a clear understanding of the ancient lives of
In conclusion, modern-day films seek to expound or give modern viewers knowledge
about ancient myths. For this reason, one gets to understand the culture, religion, and ancient
lives in depth. As seen, it makes human understand themselves in their own world.
Works cited
Bierlein, John Francis. Parallel myths. Ballantine Books, 2010. 272-274, 274-275)
Aminia Aslanian
January 28, 2021
Humanities 115
Term Paper Outline
Parallel Myths and modern myths, a story of the film Thor (similarities)
I. Introduction
1. Parallel Myths
a. Creation myths
b. Apocalyptic vision
c. Myths of the Norsemen
2. Thor Film
a. Ancient history of the Norsemen
b. The symbol of Thor’s hammer
c. Thor, god of thunder
3. Thesis paragraph
a. Thesis
b. Why
II. Religion
4. Presence of gods
a. Odin, Thor and Loki are gods in the film
b. Parallel myths depict gods as human beings
c. These gods possess superpowers while still in their human form
5. Rituals and beliefs
a. Symbol such as hammer
b. Christianity and Thor’s aspects
III. Asgard vs Mount Olympus in the film
6. Fight with frost giants
a. Withdrawal of the gods
b. Presence of the mountains
7. Visuals of the mountain
a. The visuals showed deities
b. They symbolized the presence of the gods
IV. Odin
8. Was a god
a. Was an authoritarian
b. Was the supreme god who appears to be all powerful
c. Was a warrior
9. Rituals
a. In both situations, Odin was a ritualist
b. Appeared in the last battle ragnarok
V. Loki
10. Trickery
a. In both situations he was a trickster
b. Was a brother to Thor
c. Poor relations with Odin
11. Was a god
a. Was a god
b. Troublesome god
12. Adventures
a. Childhood adventures with Thor
b. Fighting Jotun with Thor
VI. The last battle
13. Ragnarok
a. Both talk of a last battle known as Ragnarok
b. Climatic disturbances during the last battle
c. Was a godly fight
14. Loki’s fate
a. Escapes from captivity
b. Invasion of Asgard
VII. House of ideas
15. Unnotable characters
a. Amora The Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, and The Warriors Three
b. Asgardians
16. Use of Shakespearian elements
a. Shakespearian buffoon
b. Hogun the Grim
VIII. Nine worlds
17. Heavenly kingdom of the Norse gods
a. Asgard
b. Midgard
18. Land of the giants
a. Jotunheim
b. Home of the fire demons
IX. Heimdall
19. Dislike for Loki
a. Loki’s deeds
b. Troublesome Loki
20. The watcher
a. Watchman of the gods
b. Horn bearer (Gjallahorn)
C. Conclusion
Works cited
Auger, Emily E. “The Echo of Odin: Norse Mythology and Human Consciousness.” (2019):
Bierlein, John Francis. ​Parallel myths​. Ballantine Books, 2010.
Lauer, Samantha. “Thor: Ragnarok: Another Generic, Listless Superhero Adventure.”​ Cinematic
Codes Review​ 3.2 (2018): 71-83.
Máthé, Nóra. ““Are You Thor, the God of Hammers?”–Mixing the Posthuman and Old Norse
Mythology in Thor: Ragnarok.”​ Caietele Echinox​ 34 (2018): 200-206.
Patel, Sanjay. ​Ramayana: Divine loophole.​ Chronicle Books, 2010.

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