As we prepare for the final section and review the ideological historical and thematic content, we’ll begin to focus on the building blocks of the tale and on new reconstructions, beginning with the tale as a heroic journey. Choose a fairy tale or their film adaptation and examine them from the perspective of archetypes and story arc provided in Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. Â Identify whether the story matches or diverges from the pattern Vogler describes, in particular focus on what you think the Ordeal is and how the tale provides (or if it provides) an Elixir, and then how this affects the expectations of the audience and possibly further aspects of the socially constructed world of values, role models, ideas, practices, and traditions.
Provide a reason why you choose that specific tale and provide a structural analysis of the plot and archetypes as it fits or doesn’t fit The Writer’s Journey. (Citation information: Vogler, Christopher. Foreword. Myth and the Movies: Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films, by Voytilla, M. Wiese Productions, 1999. pp. 1-9. Print.) Â Â
Identify the Ordeal and the Elixir and a relevant archetype and provide an explanation of how the protagonist develops towards individuation or does it challenge this notion?
What values and ideals does the tale present and what is its effect on its audience and their expectations?
Find the pdf summary here.
If you are interested in taking a look at some examples from a previous semester, see below (Note: it was a slightly different assignment that included Jungian analysis in addition to story structure, Jung is not part of your assignment).
What to do: Review the instructions for this week’s assignment.
Review and practice a structural analysis with Vogler’s story arc and archetypes on a fairy tale or film adaptation.
Think about how our own process of development is reflected or not in the tales we choose, what aspect of our socially constructed world does it challenge or support?