- We ask you to call on your knowledge of well known works. Can you identify an example
of each in modern fiction?
The Hero's Journey
- When does a hero fail? Think of a contemporary novel which employs the archetype of the hero’s journey.
Make a note of what happens in each part below.
Use of Mythology
- A look at all the major gods of historical culture. Many works of modern fiction draw on characters from mythology
Universal Symbols - Where is this all coming from? Write a short essay that analyzes how the contemporary
work is both representative of the archetype and how the material is rendered new.
Now and Then - Think back to latest works that you have read. How is the modern material
faithful to the source material? How is it rendered new?
Cinderella and Other
Tales - Many people know the tale of Cinderella. The basic principles of the story have
been told many different times through other works of literature. You never really thought this tale was that deep, did
Duckling - Think about the story as you remember it. Can you think of a modern story that retells the The Ugly Duckling story in some
an Old Theme New - Many contemporary novels draw on traditional stories,
mythology or the Bible for their themes.
Beauty - The story of Sleeping Beauty has been told many times
across many cultures.
Old and New - Many novels draw on traditional stories, mythology or the Bible for their themes. Think about each of the
themes we present you with. Briefly describe how the contemporary story makes the
theme feel fresh.