Presentation on theme: "Meet the Parents! Coloring Eve as the Epic Hero. Reviewing the Epic Hero Archetype They are appealing characters who make mistakes. They are characters."— Presentation transcript:
Meet the Parents! Coloring Eve as the Epic Hero
Reviewing the Epic Hero Archetype They are appealing characters who make mistakes. They are characters who enjoy prosperity and favor. They are inhibited by a character flaw. They go on an Epic Journey
Satan’s Arrival… “Her graceful innocence, her every air Of gesture, or least action, overawed His malice, and with rapine sweet bereaved His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought” (p. 1, col. 2) “He, bolder now, uncalled before her stood, But as in gaze admiring […] Fawning, and licked the ground wheron she trod” (p. 1, col. 2) Does Eve enjoy prosperity and the favor of Satan? Is she appealing? Does she make a mistake?
Call to Adventure Paradise Lost Applying the “Boon” Trials (tested and initiated) Physical, Mental, Emotional Achieving the Goal or “Boon” Hero’s Journey Return to Ordinary world Crossing of the Threshold Move from known to unknown Does Eve go on an epic journey?
Call to Adventure Satan begins, “Wonder not…” (2.1) “ I can bring thee thither soon” (3.1) Does Eve receive a Call to Adventure? From Whom?
Crossing the Threshold Moving from the known to the unknown. What did Eve know before Satan arrives? What type of beasts did she know before Satan? –“What may this mean? Language of man pronounced By tongue of brute, and human sense expressed?” (2.2) How does the Forbidden Tree fit into the idea of moving from the known to the unknown? How can you argue that Eve moves from the known world to the unknown world?
Trials Physical, Spiritual, Emotional Tests, Mental “But of this tree we may not taste or touch; God so commanded, and left that command Sole daughter of his voice; the rest, we live Law to ourselves; our reason is our law” (3.2) “ […]Look on me, Me, who have touched and tasted; yet both live, And life more perfect have attained than Fate Meant me, by venturing higher than my lot” (3.2) Does Eve go through trials? If so, what types of trials?
Achieving the Boon or Goal OHHHH, Tiddlywinks! She didn’t achieve the goal because she yielded to Satan’s temptation! Right?
Hold on… You need to change your perspective… What if the Fall was a GOOD thing?
Ok, yea… She falls for Satan’s temptation, but what good could come out of it? Remember the reasons for Hero’s to accept a call to adventure… one was to fulfill their destiny. Could this be Eve simply fulfilling her destiny? Achieving the Boon or Goal… again
They are kicked out of Eden… Can Eve be the Epic Hero if she doesn’t return “home?” Return to Ordinary World
Is the “Ordinary World,” or the natural place of Human Beings, this? The Edenic State Well, it depends on the “Ordinary World”
The Fallen State Or This?
Applying the Boon What good might have come out of the Fall? How could Eve, or Eve’s Children (any Christian), apply the boon? Felix Culpa, or The Fortunate Fall? –What is fortunate about the Fall?
Original Sin brings about “The Divine Redeemer's Incarnation.” Christians say… We get Faith We get Knowledge We get Jesus
Assessing The Epic Hero What are some strengths of the argument that Eve is the epic hero of Paradise Lost? What are some weaknesses of this argument? Does it matter that we have to change our perspective on the Achievement of the Goal? What about the Return to the Ordinary World?