Baba the bear

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Objectives: recognizing archetypes in literature

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Baba the bear

  1. 1. Ms. Old 10th Grade EngDo Now September 7, 2010<br />Compose a list of adjectives and images that come to mind when you think of the words<br />FATHER<br />MOTHER<br />WISE MAN<br />Really consider what images come to mind. <br />
  2. 2. Archetype<br />An archetype is a quintessential something.<br />A quintessential mother, father, lover, villain.<br />Archetypes embody characteristics that we associate with that “type” of person/character<br />
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  4. 4. The obvious example is…Assef<br />What archetype do you see Assef portraying?<br />30 seconds to come up with 3 examples of why<br />Assef embodies that archetype<br />
  5. 5. So why use archetypes? The PROS<br />Archetypes help the audience know what to expect from that character<br />They lend a familiarity to the characters. Because we know them relatively well already, we connect better with them.<br />Let’s prove it!<br />Father, Mother, wise man, lover, villain, God/Christ figure<br />Take a few moments to make a list of the characteristics you already associate with each of the above archetypes<br />
  6. 6. The CONS<br />Lack originality<br />Become cartoons of themselves (again, Assef)<br />Limit what the author can do with the character. Once you’ve chosen to write an archetype, mustn’t they behave in a certain way?<br />Runs the risk of becoming cliché; the reader may have seen this character so often they are no longer affected by such a character.<br />
  7. 7. Baba as archetype—Papa Bear<br />Baba is characterized through imagery and personification. He<br />is the quintessential father archetype. <br />Q1) Why might Hosseini use an archetype in the role of the father?<br />Q2) How does this archetypical father affect Amir?<br />
  8. 8. Text-to-text connection <br />You are going to read “My Papa’s Waltz” by Roethke and passages that characterize Baba<br />Annotate it looking specifically for compelling diction, symbolism and figurative language<br />Compare the poem to Baba’s characterization<br />Compose a paragraph that discusses what is similar between the two father figures, and what is different.<br />

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