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Greek Mythology: The Hero's Journey   Tags: classical greece, creation myths, hero's journey, homer, mythology, the oddyssey  

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The Project

The Hero's Journey Project:

Students will understand the various stages of the hero's journey in classical Greek literature by studying Homer's The Odyssey and related epics and mythology.

What Background Information is Needed?

  • A basic introduction to Greek mythology.
  • An overview of the major Greek Gods and Goddeses.
  • An introduction to Joesph Campbell's concept of The Hero's Journey. 
 

Hercules Defeats the Hydra

Tavaux of Hercules (The Labors of Hercules)

(image) Tavaux of Hercules (The Labors of Hercules)

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Aims/Goals

Students will be able to describe the attributes of a hero and the key stages of the hero's journey.

 

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • recognize the formula for a heroic journey in Greek mythology and present the information using a power point slide show.
  • clearly define what makes a literary hero.
  • discuss the stages of the hero's journey including personal struggle and psyche.

 

 

Time Frame

This project is part of a 6-week unit on The Odyssey

 

 

Odysseus giving wine to Polyphemus

HOMER: THE ODYSSEY. - Odysseus giving wine to Polyphemus. Line engraving, 1805, after the drawing by John Flaxman..

 

The Hero's Journey in 5 Disney Films

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