Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Completion of "Hades," quiz covering "Orpheus and Eurydice," and "Creating Your Own Underworld".......

If you missed class on Tuesday, November 3rd....

I think this picture of Charon and a "guest" is so appropriate. The shade holds several coins in her hands while Charon obtains one from her mouth; she was clearly aware of the need for preparation.

Imagine the nature of your dreams if they were sent to you by "this" Morpheus!

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We completed a quiz regarding the myth entitled "Orpheus and Eurydice"
2. Nature Myths were submitted.
3. "Creating Your Own Underworld" assignment was explained.

1. Your quiz covering Hades will take place on Thursday.
3. Your "Creating Your Own Underworld" is due on Wed., Nov 11. Both the diagram and the written portion are due on the 11th.

1. Please review the four significant sinners (Tantalus, Sisyphus, Danaids, Ixion) that we discussed last Friday! You will see images of each sinner(s), asked to identify them by name, crime, punishment, and the symbolism behind their punishment. Review the previous post for assistance with this.
2. You will be given quotes from pieces of literature that allude to individuals and locations within Hades. Review your grey handout regarding the following:
a. The Fates (names!)
b. Themis
c. Minos, Rhadamanthese, and Aeucus
d. Somnus and Morpheus.
e. Elysium
f. Asphodel Fields
g. Tartarush
h. Charon.
i. Cerberus

"Creating Your Own Underworld" Assignment

If you missed class today, you were introduced to a new assignment entitled "Creating your own Underworld."

For your underworld assignment, I am asking you to consider your value system, and then devise punishments, just as Dante has done in his Inferno, and the Greeks have done for the sinners in Tartarus, that are symbolic of the crime. I have included some images below of Dante's Inferno.

This image depicts the nine levels of Dante's Underworld.

This image depicts those that committed suicide. Dante felt that because they had not valued their human form while living, they would therefore be turned to trees.

The following example was submitted several years ago by a previous student.
He placed those that COMPLAIN at the top of his Inferno. I have included this example for you to follow. Notice that you must indicate the sin, why you consider it to be a sin, a suitable/ punishment, and then why the punishment is symbolic of the crime. Just as the Greeks devised suitable punishments for their criminals, your punishments need to be symbolic as well. Your punishments are not to be sadistic, and you can not punish the sin with the sin.
You will have seven paragraphs, each one pertaining to a different sin. Your eighth paragraph should be an explanation of your Elysium.

Wesley's Well of Woes
Circle 1: Complainers/Pessimists: The individuals at the top of my “well of woes” are those that never seem to be happy. They moan and complain about tasks that are part of life, and simply must be completed. They also enjoy starting arguments, purely to witness a flight. Due to this, they remind me of the Greek god Ares. They are cowards, just as Ares, who have no concept of self-respect. They not only disrespect themselves, but those that are around them. I have included them in my “well,” because I feel they “infect” their “sin” upon other people without considering anyone but themselves. I also find that they waste so much time complaining, rather than using their time in a constructive manner.
PUNISHMENT: These sinners will be required to make lemonade for eternity. This will not only be a boring task, but a painful one as well, because they will have paper cuts over their finger tips. This punishment fits the crime. These sinners were unable to find anything positive about their existence; consequently, they will be required to take lemons, which are sour and bitter, as they chose to be while alive, into lemonade, which is sweet and refreshing. The paper cuts are symbolic of the many times they moaned or were negative about living, now while they make lemonade, they will be reminded of their sour and painful attitudes.
Let me know if you any questions!