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Reading Notes: Ancient Egyptian Myths and Stories, Part B

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The story I enjoyed the most in this unit was The Tale of King Rhampsinitus. I liked the ending plot twist, where the king declared that the boy was so cunning, he deserved a pardon. I thought this was a funny way of bringing attention to the cunning nature of the boy, and apparently, Egyptians. If I were to rewrite this story, I would double down on the plot twist, and have the king capture the boy in a trap once he returned for his pardon. In a way, this would still exemplify the message of cunningness, but it would add room for another twist, and a different victor.  Plan:Keep the plot mostly the same, changing up a few details, if I feel like it. Focus on reworking the ending.Have the king set an elaborate trap for the boy, so that he is the victor in the end. He gets justice for his stolen property, and the king and boy get mutual admiration for their cunningness. OR, have the king trap the boy in the end, but because of the king's admiration for the boy's cunningness, giv…

Reading Notes: Ancient Egyptian Myths and Stories: Part A

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I liked the story of the wax crocodile the best in this unit, and I think I can improve my storytelling skills with something like this. One suggestion on my story from last week was to tell it in a less formal tone, by using more dialogue and expression. So, I think this story has elements that will allow me to play with that.  Major Plot Points:Wife has affair with boy, wax crocodile is created and told to throw into lake, crocodile comes to life and eats the boy, crocodile is brought back and turned into wax, then turned back into crocodile and takes the boy for good, never to be seen again. I also like the idea in the notes of telling the story from the crocodile's perspective. What is he thinking? How does he feel about being summoned? Is he grateful for life/a meal? What does he do during his time under water? Why didn't he eat the boy completely in the week that he was under water? Can he take agency at the end of the story and make the decision to eat the boy, or do som…

Storybook Plan

For my storybook, I will continue with the Costa Rican myths. I see it as more of an anthology, or collection of stories that are tied together through their geography. The stories I've found are interesting because some offer me the chance to take a mythological creature and, using the context of the culture, create a new story surrounding the character. In some cases, there are specific plot points that have continued on in tradition, and to retell those stories using different details would be fun. Stories of interest:Turrialba Volcano: A story of star-crossed lovers from different tribes who are protected by the giant Turrialba volcanoLa Llorona: A spooky, but well-known story of a woman who lost her children and haunts rivers looking for children to drownEl Cadejos: A wolf-like creature who wanders towns at night and acts as a guardian or policer, depending on who is telling the storyFor stories that are more local, like the Turrialba volcano, I will use sources that describe…

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Costa Rican tree frog
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Week 4 Story: Hestia and Beatrice

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Zeus called on all the gods and goddesses to create a spectacular meeting place for the gods, where grand parties and important events could take place. He said that whoever could build a place worthy of his company would be given an enormous prize.  Excited deities rushed about to make plans for Zeus' special project, hoping to win the attention and affection of the king of the gods. Most excited was Hestia, goddess of the hearth and home. She was the most gifted architect in the heavens, and she knew she would win the challenge. When others heard of Hestia's entrance into the competition, they dropped out, knowing they would stand no chance against someone of her talent. Just when it looked that Hestia would be unchallenged, young Beatrice decided to join in and attempt to please Zeus. She had acquired great skill in architecture through an apprenticeship with her father, but she was unknown to Hestia, who quickly accepted the newcomer's challenge. A few months passed, un…

Reading Notes: Ovid's Metamorphoses II, Part B

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The story that I liked the most from this section was of Procne and Philomela's revenge on Tereus. Classical mythology is riddled with stories of rape and violence, but there is rarely any true justice. The gods just get away with it. This story finally served some justice, which was satisfying to read.If I were to recreate this story, I would likely keep a lot of it the same, but I would probably change the child's death, because it didn't seem to have much warranting in the original story. The story only says that the boy was much like his father, and that is why he was the one who had to be used as revenge bait. Although I did like that aspect of the story because of its gross and unsettling ending, it didn't seem to make much sense from a plot standpoint.  Procne and Philomela presenting Itys' severed head
Source: Wikimedia Commons In a recreation, I would either add some back story to Itys' character and have him do something terrible or mischievous like his …

Reading Notes: Ovid's Metamorphoses II: Part A

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My favorite story in this section was of Minerva turning Arachne into a spider. Plot-wise, there is a lot to cover, from the weaving challenge to the actual turning of Arachne.  Minerva and Arachne by RenĂ©-Antoine Houasse
Source: Wikimedia CommonsMinerva: starts the challenge, lofty and confident in her abilities, crafty weaver, but not enough to beat the young Arachne, angry and vindictive at timesArachne: young but eager to take the challenge, not stunned by Minerva's status, also confident in her abilitiesWhen recreating the story, I want to keep the general structure of the story, but change the details. Possibly change the goddess who sets the challenge, change the challenge type, and even change the ending of the story. Maybe don't include the hanging... yikes. Have fun with the names of characters and their suggested meanings (e.g., Arachne, spider). What other clever name can be given to this character to hint at the outcome of the story to someone who doesn't know w…