Create a 10- to 16-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with detailed speaker notes about a contemporary hero or heroine’s quest. Refer to the University of Phoenix Material: Help With Microsoft® PowerPoint® Assignments for additional help. Your research goes in the Speaker’s Notes box, citing sources. Review Announcement wk1, PowerPoints.
Pick a contemporary story in the form of a novel, movie, or video game that is inspired by a mythological epic or journey of a hero’s quest. Briefly describe the plight of the main character-the feat(s) he or she must execute for the benefit of society in the face of challenges. Be sure you research both the contemporary hero and the ancient one, and compare them. A contemporary hero is alive today–not Thor, Beowulf, Hercules or other ancient heroes (and not children’s stories).
Identify the villain and describe his or her characteristics and role in the hero’s quest.
Identify other archetypes within the story. Briefly describe these roles in the hero’s quest.
Identify in detail each of the steps the hero takes in the quest: initiation, separation, transformation, and return.
Research the mythological and cultural origins of the story. Explain parallels between the myth(s) and the contemporary story it inspired.
Analyze any mythological symbolism, metaphors, and attributes pertinent to the story. What real life elements might these items represent?
Explain the conflicts between personal desires and community responsibility represented in the myth and the contemporary story. Relate these to the conflicts and choices with which ordinary humans struggle. Explain why these human conflicts retain relevance through the ages.
Format your citations and references according to the appropriate course level APA guidelines. Be sure to read the Announcement on Powerpoints posted in wk1. especially regarding citing sources and “Permission to use” for photographs or copyrighted graphics.

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