Tracing Archetypes. Based on class lectures regarding archetypal criticism, students will select a character from The Lord of the Rings and a character from the Star Wars Trilogythey believe reflect the same archetype.As we proceed through the texts and films, students will chart the progress of these two characters through their respective narratives.Particular attention should be paid to the characters’ histories, the characters’ values and beliefs, their relations to other characters, their functions within the stories, and their individual narrative trajectories.

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  • Part 1 (1-1.5pp): Students will compose a one page comparative analysis of their selected characters based on The Fellowship of the Ring and Star Wars.Part 1 should seek to explore why these two characters have been selected and what archetype they fulfill.
  • Part 2 (1-1.5pp): Students will compose a continuing analysis of their selected characters.Part 2 should seek to continue the work of the comparative analysis in Part 1 based on character developments in The Two Towers and The Empire Strikes Back.In addition, Part 2 should be used as an opportunity for students to reflect if they would have selected a different character to match with one of their choices.If so, students should elaborate as to why they would have selected this other character and to provide a comparative analysis usingFellowship, Star Wars, Two Towers, and Empire.
  • Part 3 (1-1.5pp). Students will continue the analysis of their selected characters based on character developments in The Return of the King andReturn of the Jedi.Again, students should use this opportunity to reflect on whether they would’ve changed their match following the same parameters as Part 2.


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