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Mythology. What are archetypes? They are recurring patterns, characters, images and plots found in myths, literature, and other art forms. Monday – November 29. IR – with active reading task & turn and talk Archetype Characteristics – End of Childhood & Flood Gods & Goddesses – Who’s who?

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What are archetypes?

They are recurring patterns, characters, images and plots found in myths, literature, and other art forms.

monday november 29
Monday – November 29
  • IR – with active reading task & turn and talk
  • Archetype Characteristics – End of Childhood & Flood
  • Gods & Goddesses – Who’s who?

HW – Read Greek Flood myth & song lyrics AND

study mythology terms from Power Point/notes.

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CREATION:

CHAOS

to

ORDER

characteristics of the creation archetype
Characteristics of The Creation Archetype
  • Features personification of the power of nature (something in nature becomes a god

or goddess)

  • Shows a progression from a state of chaos to a state of order (humans desire to control the natural world)
  • Includes a great battle or war that threatens

peace (in family or society)

  • Reveals cultural values
  • Explains origins
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The God Teacher

Mentors -Human and Divine

characteristics of the god teacher archetype
Characteristics of the God Teacher Archetype
  • Presents a mentor (usually a god or goddess) who transmits knowledge, language and skills.
  • Presents a mentor who exposes people to technological advancements and offers advice on how to use those tools.
  • Presents a mentor who can be kind and helpful (benevolent)

or tricky and evil (malevolent). Either way, these mentors influence human behavior and suggest the values of the

society.

  • With knowledge, language, skill, and technology, people become more powerful. Power can be used for the greater good, but it can also cause trouble.
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End of Childhood

A loss of innocence

characteristics of the end of childhood archetype
Characteristics of the End of Childhood Archetype

Confrontation with the harsh realities of life:

  • death
  • crime
  • violence
  • unfairness
  • drugs
  • pain/suffering
  • poverty

Forced responsibilities:

  • independence
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job
  • relationships
  • parenthood
  • decision making

Loss of naiveté and self-centeredness:

  • cooperating with others
  • sacrificing
  • gaining knowledge and wisdom

Experiencing a rite of passage:

  • a ritual that involves casting off childhood and emerging as an adult
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FLOOD

  • End of the World
  • Purify world of evil
characteristics of the flood archetype
Characteristics of the Flood Archetype

The flood archetype is the result of events described in the first three archetypes:

  • Loss of Golden Age – people draw away from the gods and natural world
  • God Teacher – people use the gifts of the god-teacher and challenge the gods
  • End of childhood – people put innocence behind them and confront evil and death
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  • Humankind misbehaves, so the “rains” come as punishment.
  • The “flood” is an overwhelming storm that wipes out the human race.
  • The water of the flood symbolizes both death and birth.
  • After the flood, order is restored and new life begins.
  • Illustrates gods as creators and destroyers.
  • After the flood, a “Golden Age” may return.
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