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Class Description
Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Interpretive Lit. 1: Hero’s Journey  
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Previous writing course is highly encouraged.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry, ISBN: 978-0689713910
2) Another novel to be selected by the class
Description: How often do we, in our lives, get to solve a problem (climactically or not) and then ride off into the sunset to live “happily ever after?”  We don’t, do we?  The Hero’s Journey provides an alternative understanding of story pattern – one that more accurately depicts life’s story.  In this paradigm, the usual pattern of main conflict, rising action, climax, resolution is reexamined as a circular journey that involves a separation, a transformation, and a return.  The Hero’s Journey, unlike the standard “plot line,” can be seen as the pattern of human experience as reflected in most literature and film, in that the human experience is cyclical not linear.  This new understanding provides students with a foundation for literary, cinematic, and personal analysis.  The Hero’s Journey paradigm fits wonderfully into a Christian life-view in that we are each called upon to heed God’s call, learn to use our God given talents to grow personally and spiritually, and ultimately give back to and enrich our communities for the glory of God.  It is also possible to refuse the call and to live life selfishly; however, we will find in stories where the call is refused, the hero who refuses the call, brings evils upon himself and his community.  The class will explore The Hero’s Journey through film, myths and legends, novels, and creative writing.  As students will be writing interpretive paragraphs and short essays, they should be able to write a paragraph and support their assertions with textual evidence; therefore, previous enrollment in a writing class is highly encouraged.  Students should anticipate 2-4 hours of homework each week.  This class can be taken to fulfill a full English credit.
 
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