For this Apply, you will synthesize what you have learned so far about Epic Heroes.
Synthesis is a critical thinking skill in which you put togethersignificant pieces of what you have learned in order to createadditional meaning. A Synthesis shows that you comprehended what youread, broken it apart into smaller pieces to study individually, andrebuilt it into a concise insight.
Write a careful and thoughtful paragraph that discusses the prompt in a nuanced way:
What makes a hero?
In the modern Epic of Lord of the Rings, we are presentedwith a pair of heroes rather than just the one – Eowyn and Merry.Obviously Eowyn’s gender and Merry’s stature differentiate them from thegiant, masculine heroes of Beowulf and Gilgamesh. Write a paragraphthat compares and contrasts the relevant aspects of their heroic featsand characteristics. Then, in the conclusion of your paragraph, discuss:Are the differences in gender and stature relevant to their status as heroes?
Avoid making sweeping generalizations. Be specific, and strive tofind the most precise way to describe these heroes. Use the followingquestions to help you find important points of comparison:
How do the heroes take down their foes? Do they use their barehands, or weapons? Does the hero consider the distinction important?
Which heroes have similar physical characteristics? Which heroes aredifferent from the others, and do those differences affect theirability to be heroic?
Which heroes engage in boasting (“trash talk”) or other banterbefore the fight? What is the purpose of these pre-battle exchanges?
Which heroes work in partners? What role does their partner play,and does teamwork imply strength or weakness in the hero within theirstory?
You do not need to address each of the bulleted prompts abovedirectly, but a good response will show me that you have consideredthese questions.
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