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Stories and the Sacred has introduced you to twelve of the most influential stories in the history of western religion and literature. In each of the lessons, we’ve considered the religious dimensions of these stories, emphasizing how the nexus of ideas, beliefs, and values that comprise the complex term, the “sacred” are created in part through literary and narratives traditions. A key aim of the course has been the development of religious and cultural literacy, which means you should be able to identify and describe the plots as well as historical contexts and select themes and issues informing the stories read in the course. A second key aim is to provide the opportunity for interpretive reflection, through the discussion assignments.
The best answers will be concise, focused, logically organized, grounded in the specifics of the course materials, and grammatically sound.
be roughly160words in length.
NO plagiarism . Be sure to rely on the Lesson materials and the story rather than on outside resources. Gramma.
1. What might the author of the story of Job have to say about the moral of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale?
2. Why does Achilles return Hector’s body to King Priam?
3. In what sense can Penthues, in Euripidies’ The Bacchae, be considered a “fundamentalist”?
4. Some interpreters see in the character of Hamlet a modern Job. In what sense can Hamlet be considered a modern Job?
5. Thanks to Cervantes Don Quixote, the word quixotic entered the English language. What does this word mean, and how is related to the nature of religion in modernity?
6. What does Rene Girard mean by the “scapegoat mechanism”?
7. What does the term “cultural memory” mean, and how is the idea relevant to Hesse’s Journey to the East?
8. According to Eric Auerbach, why did readers of the early Gospels experience Peter’s ambivalence in the Gospel of Mark as moving?
9. Scholars have shown that Mark’s Gospel originally ended at verse 8 of chapter 16. Additional verses were added later. What was the narrative content in these additional verses?
10. Ovid’s collection of stories in the Metamorphoses is said to mark a transition from pagan to Christian culture. Explain this claim.
11. Briefly define or describe the terms utopian and dystopian, and explain how these terms arerelevant to Dostoevsky’s story The Grand Inquisitor.
12. Does Shirley Jackson’s story The Lottery shed any light on contemporary western society and culture? How so?