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*** Archetypal Approach This approach focuses on connections to other literature, mythological/biblical allusions, archetypal images, symbols, characters, and themes.
1. What archetypal events occur in the story? (Quest? Initiation? Scapegoats? Descents into the underworld? Ascents into heaven?)
2. Does the protagonist undergo any kind of transformation, such as movement from innocence to experience, that seems archetypal?
3. What archetypal images occur? (Water, rising sun, setting sun, symbolic colors)
4. How does the story reflect the experiences of death and rebirth?
5. Finally, what was your group's overall assessment of the novel? Like or dislike? Why?
Answer the following questions using complete sentences to express your thoughts as a group.
1. What is the theme of the novel? How do literary devices contribute to the theme? List at least 3 and give reasons.
2. What kinds of symbolism is presented by the author in your novel? Support with details from the text.
3. There are different landscapes (cultural, psychological, and physical) that have informed the Canadian identity. How are these landscapes portrayed in your work? How do these different landscapes change in relation to the historical context of your novel? What techniques does the author use to create these landscapes?
4. What does the research you did in the previous assignment suggest about the experience of groups of people who have been ignored, under-represented, or misrepresented by traditional history (for example, laborers, prisoners, women, people of color, children and so on)? How is this related to the novel so far?