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Greek Mythology: Literary Element Analysis


Myth #1: Phaethon: Son of Apollo ! Literary Analysis
Question Because of his arrogance and pride, what can you predict will happen to Phaethon? What does Phaethon want from his father? Predict what will happen to Phaethon based on the absence of Apollos weight in the chariot. Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences using details from the story as support. page # 815 Response

! MINOR Antagonist - His c onflict wit h Phaethon starts the action but does n ot c ontribute to th e less on/th eme. ! Minor Charact er-Stor y is n ot about him. ! Static Character - Does n ot chang e. ! Minor Charact er- This st ory is not about him. ! Static Character - Events of the stor y does n ot change hi m t o our knowledg e as a reader.

Apollo

! Fictional Element Analysis

Phaethons prid e an d arr ogance wil l cause his downfall. Phaethon wants proof that he is the son of Apollo. Phaethon might wreck or th e h orses and his lack of weight will ov ercome hi m.

Directions: For the Greek myth, Phaethon, Son of Apollo, fully explain how each of the following fictional elements are represented in the story. USE SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM THE MYTH IN YOUR ANSWERS. Point of View Conflict Theme Setting

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Is this myth told from first person, third person, or third person omniscient POV? How can you tell?

Is this myth person vs. person, nature, self, society, fate? Explain why?

What is the overall lesson in this myth? What are you supposed to learn from it?

What is the setting of the myth? Does the setting contribute to the events of the story?

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! Character Analysis

Directions: Next to each character from the Greek myth, Phaethon, Son of Apollo, fully explain their importance to the myth and what type of character they are and why. Static or Dynamic? Protagonist or Antagonist? Main or Minor Character?

! Third Person-a narrator outside of th e story

! Major Conflict= person vs. self (Phaethon vs. his pride) ! Minor Conflict= person vs. person (Phaethon vs. Epaphos)

! This myth is supposed to teach the lesson of t oo much pride.

! Apollos palace on Mt. Olympus.


o The setting contributes to the events of the story because it is a godly place, and Phaethon is not a god. o Therefore, his actions and too much pride result in his downfall.

Character

Clymene

! Static character-No change (Y es th ere is a physical ch ange, but it does not change wh o s he is. ) ! Minor char acter-The story/myth d oes n ot r evolve ar ound her. ! Clymene is neither the protagonist or antag onist. ! Protagonist AND Major Ch aracter -The action revolves around him. ! Static Character -He does not ch ang e in the story becaus e h e does not learn th e less on th at too much pride is ba d.

Phaethon

Zeus

! Minor Charact er- Only p ops into the stor y to save Earth. ! Static Character -Th e s ame fr om beginning to en d.

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Aphrodite

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Greek Mythology: Literary Element Analysis


Myth #2: Demeter and Persephone
! Literary Analysis
Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences using details from the story as support. Question How do the Greeks explain how love happens? page # 818 Response Eros

! Minor Charact er-Th e myth does n ot revolve ar ound her. ! Static Character -D oes not c hange. ! Neither Protagonist or Antag onist

! Minor Charact er-Th e myth does n ot revolve ar ound him. ! Static Character -D oes not c hange ! Antagonist-His actions start the c onflict in the story. ! Major Ch aracter -The action of th e story rev olves ar ound Demeters s adness over the loss of her daug hter. ! Static Character ! Protagonist- Events of the story are related to h er.

The Greeks believe love happens when Eros (Cupid), son of the goddess of love Aphrodite, sh oots an arr ow of love into peoples h earts. Persephon e is D emeters (g oddess of the harvest), and Pluto (Ha des, g od of the Under world) kidnaps her. Demeter will take r evenge on the Earth by making it inf ertile until her dau ghter is returned to her. Persephon es words show she is ad a mant in her desire t o leav e the Un derwor ld. Persephon e=flower s=spring =her mothers happiness she has returned to her so sh e makes things gr ow again

Demeter

Whose daughter is Persephone, and who kidnaps Persephone?

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Persephone

From Demeters reaction, what do you predict she will do?

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! Minor char acter-Though she plays a role, th e st ory r evolves around Demeters actions. ! Static Character -D oes not c hange. Her love for her moth er stays the same, but we, the reader, do n ot have knowledg e of a love of h er hu sban d. ! Neither prot agonist or antag onist.

! Fictional Element Analysis

How do Persephones words reflect her character as well as the season with which the ancient Greeks associate her?

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Directions: For the Greek myth, Demeter and Persephone, fully explain how each of the following fictional elements are represented in the story. USE SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM THE MYTH IN YOUR ANSWERS. Point of View Conflict Theme Setting

Is this myth told from first person, third person, or third person omniscient POV? How can you tell?

Is this myth person vs. person, nature, self, society, fate? Explain why?

What is the overall lesson in this myth? What are you supposed to learn from it?

What is the setting of the myth? Does the setting contribute to the events of the story?

! Character Analysis

Directions: Next to each character from the Greek myth, Demeter and Persephone, fully explain their importance to the myth and what type of character they are and why. Static or Dynamic? Character Protagonist or Antagonist? Main or Minor Character? Pluto

Third Person

Person vs. Nature ! Demeter vs. the Earth she believes took her daug hter -----------------Person vs. Self ! Demeter vs. her desire f or revenge.

! Minor Charact er-Pluto c auses the a ctions to ta ke place. ! Dynamic -Truly h as love for Persep hone despite th e prompting by Cupids (Eros ) arr ow. ! Could make th e argu ment for being the a ntagonist (min or).

Possib le Responses: ! Be more grateful for what yo u have (Persephone) ! Open your heart to love ( Pluto) ! Do not be vengeful (Demeter) -----------------This myth also teaches the rea son for the four seasons.

The Under world does contribut e to the events of the story in that Persephon e was so far a way th at no one c ould find her. -----------------Also, the setting of Earth contributes to th e explanation of th e four s eason s.

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