Be sure to keep notes while watching the 24-minute Universal Themes in Literature video in VLN under Instructional Materials.
After watching the video, post an initial comment listing the 7 themes and 15 sub-themes mentioned in the video and briefly explain each one. Yes, all of your responses should be the similar, but you won't see them until I release the comments ;)
Then, once the comments are released on Tuesday evening (9/10), you will go back in and post a reply on one student's entry. In your reply, you will give one example of a piece of literature, short story, poem, song, movie, etc. for EACH Universal Theme. The example you provide does NOT have to be from the video.
Note: Be careful with taking notes. In order to earn full credit, you will need to be correct in your list of themes/sub-themes and explanations.
9/9/2013 08:35:51 am
1. Individual as Hero: A story where the main character is viewed upon as a hero.
9/12/2013 11:19:49 am
1. Individual as a Hero: Spiderman
9/13/2013 08:07:15 am
An example of Individual as Hero is the story of Odysseus in Homer's the Odyssey. An example of the Individual and the Cosmos, specifically the sub-theme of death, is Edgar Allan Poe's "the Raven," because the poem centers around the death of the protagonist's wife. An example of Individual and Nature is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. An example of Individual and Society is the song "Changes" by Tupac Shakur. In it, he describes the oppression of African-Americans in modern day America. It's a classic. An example of Individual and Family is the movie "Cheaper by the Dozen." I think this is a good example, because there are conflicts between the kids and Steve Martin. An example of Individual and Individual is the movie "Alien vs. Predator." This is a good example of this theme, because the aliens and predators have always been long time enemies, and they aren't related at all. They aren't even the main characters, and they have a lot of conflicts (with explosions.) An example of Individual vs. Self is the conflict in "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe.
9/13/2013 09:44:36 am
-individuals and individuals
9/13/2013 09:55:11 am
1. Individual as a Hero: Spiderman
9/9/2013 10:41:07 am
The individual as hero is the first out of seven themes listed in this video. The heroic in everyday life are people who stand up for their own convictions and beliefs. The heroes of legends are sometimes forced into situations where they wouldn't usually find themselves and they are needed to perform heroic acts for self preservation. The Individuals and the Cosmos: Place in the universe is people's beliefs about how creation began. Though each ones tales are different; all life began the same. Death is something many people don't enjoy thinking about although it is a fact of life we all must face. Individual as Nature: Nature is a life giving force that shows us how beautiful the world can be, nature is our teacher. These same forces of nature can create cold impersonal world and be destructive to man and property. Individual and Society: When individuals break the law and commit crimes they are due for punishment. Oppression is cruel and its unjust of treatment. All people should be treated fairly by their individual. War and combat were thought to be noble practices in the middle ages. War serves no purpose but to kill people needlessly. Individual and Self: Madness is taken when the conflict comes upon its worst. Self Doubt is more commonly found between the individual and self. Individual and Individual: Love is feelings that people have towards one another. Rivalry could be competition between individuals for the affection of the same certain person. Individual and Family: Siblings mainly take the main focus on the story because writers and readers like the rivalry between siblings. Parents can also keep people apart from one another creating a major conflict.
9/9/2013 05:25:38 pm
The seven universal themes in literature are the individual as a hero, the individual and self, the individual and individual, the individual and family, the individual and society, the individual and nature, and the individual and the cosmos.
9/11/2013 09:54:51 am
Individual as the hero: The Dark Knight written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
9/12/2013 03:34:54 pm
9/13/2013 10:12:40 am
1. Individual as a Hero: The movie spider man.
9/10/2013 06:21:55 am
The Individual As a Hero: Heroic qualities of characters that are shows within works of literature.
9/13/2013 05:58:44 am
Heroes of Legend- Odysseus
9/10/2013 11:01:16 am
Individual as a Hero
9/10/2013 11:33:00 am
9/11/2013 11:28:45 am
The seven universal themes and their sub themes include:
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