Watch a movie! Yes, really!
Find a movie that fits the hero’s journey. With your new knowledge of each step (thanks to the lessons of your classmates), analyze how your movie fits each archetypal step in the Monomyth.
Use this as your guide:
Golden Age/Transformation Archetype Overview
The world was created as, or otherwise used to be, an ordered paradise in which everyone got along, everyone was provided for, and everything made sense.
Love, peace, reconciliation, harmony with nature, spring or summer images, abundance, and growth are all associations with this archetype.
Through their own actions or choices, people lose paradise (transformation).
People continually fantasize about or try to regain paradise.
Whatever people believe, regaining the golden age is not attainable. It is either lost to them forever (i.e., the Garden of Eden) or was never actually as idyllic as they remember (i.e., any reference to the past as “the good ole days”).
Directions: Read and annotate the following poem by Robert Frost. Use your annotation guide for help in labeling your annotations and scrutinizing every word. Consider: how does it show an archetypal golden age? How does Frost evoke a certain mood with the language, imagery, and literary devices he selects?
Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.