Have you ever wondered why so many movies seem like, well, other movies? This is because while the names, places, and events might differ, the patterns that drive these narratives are really the same. These patterns are so fundamental to stories–and, really, to our view of the world–that they are essentially the DNA of humanity’s narratives.
Today, our approach will be the following:
I do: I’ll deliver a short lecture (15 minutes or so) about the Monomyth. Before we begin, we will discuss strategies for note-taking and lectures that might help you.
We do: Next, we will have a class discussion about comedy. We will attempt to explain how it works and what we expect from it.
You do: finally, you (either individually or collaboratively) will investigate the nature of tragedy. What does it do? How does it do it?