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Write and create your own myth.But first you would have to write a small paragraph draft. Below will be the instructions for that too.

This is a discussion board on the Original Myth assignment. First, read the Original Myth Instructions below, or as a PDF download. Form some ideas of what universal plot you might use and which archetypes you might include. Post your ideas for the class.

The purpose of this assignment is to show that you understand the universal plots and archetypes that are common to the mythologies of all world cultures.

EXAMPLE;

“I’m thinking of writing a Quest myth. I will have a Hero, similar to Gilgamesh in Sumerian mythology named Anacreon. He will be challenged by a Trickster god named Isamon to enter the underworld and bring back the fruit of life. What kind of trick should I use to make it inevitable that Anacreon would accept Isamon’s challenge?”

Please do not repeat or paraphrase my example. Use your imagination and create your own myth based on the standard plots and archetypes.

FORMAT

The student must write formally, using good grammar and spelling

CONTENT

The student must include specific ideas based on standard plots and character archetypes. They are listed below, and on the PDF download.

COMPARISON

The student must compare his or her ideas to one or more of the myths we have studied in class.

CREATIVITY

The student must create original ideas. Do not merely repeat the teacher’s example or a specific myth studied in class. You may use characters from established mythology, or a well-known characters from popular culture. They are in a new time and place, and facing new challenges, as in works of “fan fiction”.

BELOW ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS,PLEASE WRITE THE PARAGRAPH FIRST THEN DO THE CREATION OF THE MYTH.

THE PARAGRAPH IS DUE IN 12 HOURS BUT THE MYTH IS DUE IN A DAY

CREATE AN ORIGINAL MYTH
In an essay of three to five pages, create an original myth based on universal stories including
one or more archetypical characters. Make sure your myth has a beginning, a middle and an end.
“Three to five pages” means three full pages, something on a fourth page, and no more than five
full pages. Use MLA format as you did for the research paper.
UNIVERSAL STORIES
Standard plot lines that appear in the mythology of many cultures. They include, but are not
limited to, the examples below. Choose one or more to create your original myth.
CREATION: Primal elements personify to create gods, land, sea, sky and the earth’s
populations.
REBELLION: The personified primal elements create gods who rise up and overthrow them.
QUEST: A journey with a goal. The characters must overcome obstacles to achieve the goal.
HEROIC ENDEAVOR: A series of impossible tasks, such as defeating a variety of enemies,
feats of strength or cleverness, or obtaining precious items.
LOVE/DEVOTION: A Hero and Beloved endure hardship to find unity and happiness.
APOCALYPSE: Circumstances and divine intervention cause existence to end.
UNIVERSAL ARCHETYPES
Standard character types that appear in many cultures, including but not limited to the examples
below. Choose one or more:
MOTHER GODDESS: Creates gods, humans and/or the universe with her body or magic
HERO: A being who is stronger, smarter and braver than others who accomplishes great deeds
MENTOR One who advises others, interprets dreams and sets tasks. Often takes the form of a
prophet, grandfather or grandmother
ALLY: a companion who assists others in heroic endeavor
ENEMY: an opposing force almost as strong as the hero, often possessing special qualities the
hero does not possess, like magic, or having monstrous qualities
TRICKSTER: changes events through deception. Often evil, he/she is tolerated because he/she
is amusing, or provides an indispensable service.
BELOVED: The object of Hero’s affection in a Love/Devotion myth.
GODDESS/PRIESTESS: Provides assistance, often with a love connection (Venus and Aeneas)
or a sexual component (The Harlot and Enkidu)
GHOST/PROPHET: Appears to offer advice or predict future events
SERPENT: Alternatively evil or beneficial, often representing these qualities:
1) Renewal, rebirth, healing and eternal life
2) Stealth and subtlety
3) Evil
4) Death
5) Sexual temptation, fertility and pregnancy

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