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Writing Assignment #3 – Reaction Paper
In this reaction paper, you are being asked to reflect on parallels, similarities, and meaningful contrasts across different world mythologies. Specifically, your task is to make a comparison between two or more of the following mythologies: Greek/Roman, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Celtic, Norse, Arthurian, African, Mesoamerican, and Native American. For instance, you might compare and contrast their creation myths, their conceptions of an afterlife, the abodes that their gods inhabit, the role of gender in assigning specific powers or attributes to deities, etc. Or, you might draw upon the theoretical discussions from Unit #1 and assess how heroes from multiple myth traditions conform to (or deviate from) “the hero’s journey” as delineated by Joseph Campbell. Following on the insights of Carl Jung, can you identify and analyze archetypes in various mythologies? If those topics sound too daunting and theoretical, examine Earth Mother figures from different mythologies. Compare and contrast Zeus and Odin or other comparable supreme, father-figure deities of pantheons. Discuss parallels between the hero(es) of one mythology with those from another. What similarities can you discern concerning the final resting places assigned to heroes of various mythologies?
There are many related possibilities and countless permutations of similar topics. If you are uncertain about the validity or advisability of a potential topic that you are considering, feel free to run it by me. The most important element of this assignment is that your analysis be comparative in nature and that you discuss two or more mythologies. Please note that for the purposes of this assignment, Greek (which broadly includes Homeric, Golden Age, and Hellenic myths) and Roman mythologies are treated as a single tradition owing to their striking continuities. Effectively, this means you cannot compare only Greek and Roman mythologies, you must examine at least one other mythology.
This is a relatively short assignment of approximately 600 words. It counts for 10 percent of your overall course grade. The assigned material for Units #1-15, along with what is found in Discussion Forums 1-15, ought to provide most if not all of the information you need to complete this writing assignment. Should you require additional information, as with Writing Assignment #2, you can gather information in several ways: online [with Google, Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Mythica (https://pantheon.org/), Theoi Greek Mythology (https://www.theoi.com/), or whatever search engine or website proves useful]; scholarly books; YouTube videos; and documentaries. When drawing upon such sources, indicate which ones you have consulted by way of footnotes, endnotes, or a Works Cited page.
Important – Originality
Irrespective of what topic you discuss and what sources you access to gain familiarity with the topic, be sure that the words, ideas, analyses, and interpretations you offer are yours and yours alone. It is imperative that you not paraphrase, quote, or copy any secondary source. The purpose of this writing assignment is to have you collect information, analyze it, and develop your own unique take on the information in response to the assignment’s prompt. Cutting-and-pasting material from the course text or any secondary online or print sources would utterly frustrate the rationale for this assignment. Avoid quotes of any kind. As with Assignments #1 and #2, you are encouraged to work alone. Instances of academic dishonesty will incur serious penalties. Your assignment will be assessed for originality and its ability to present facts and ideas in a cogent, convincing fashion. Please ask the instructor for clarification if you are unclear as to what constitutes plagiarism or improper citation practices.
Preparing and Submitting Your Work
This is an assignment of approximately 600 words. Papers must be 525-725 words in length. Anything short of or above those word limits shall be graded downward. The assignment counts for 10 percent of your overall course grade. This writing assignment ought to be presented in a standard essay format, with a thesis, separate paragraphs dedicated to specific topics or ideas, and a conclusion. This involves writing in complete sentences and following the rules of English grammar and style. Please proof-read it before submitting since typographical errors and sloppy grammar do not merely potentially result in demerit points, they tend to detract from the assignment’s overall impression, and even obscure its meaning in the worst cases.
Upload your work to Writing Assignment #3. Do not leave the assignment to the last moment. In fact, you are strongly encouraged to submit this assignment early. The Summer B semester ends on August 10 and instructors must submit grades the following morning before 10:00 am. Accordingly, please note than I cannot accept late writing assignments submitted after noon on Monday August 10 since I simply will not have time to grade them after that. A late penalty of 10 percent applies to writing assignments submitted after 9:00 pm on Sunday August 9, but more to the point, it would be unwise to run the risk of failing to meet the final noon deadline on Monday August 10 and be assessed a grade of zero.
Since HUM2310 is a Gordon Rule course, you need to achieve a grade of 70 percent (or “C) or better. This applies to both your overall average for the course as well as for the course’s three writing assignments.