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The world was green for St Patrick’s Day !

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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from rags to riches

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

le mythe du self-made man ou l’idée qu’on peut partir de rien est très ancrée dans la culture américaine

lisez un article avec des exemples ici



Debunking American myths

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

an article to read here

what is a myth ?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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A myth is a story that may or may not be true. There may not be records or other proof that they happened, but at least some parts of myths may be true. Some myths may have started as ‘true’ stories but as people re-told them some parts may have been changed by mistake, or to make them more interesting. All cultures have myths and this mythology has been developed over time. Mythology includes the legends of our history, our religions,  stories of how the world was created, and our heroes. These stories have great symbolic power, and this may be a major reason why they survive as long as they do, sometimes for thousands of years.

what is a myth ?

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

definitions for the notion of myth

A myth is a story that may or may not be true. There are often no records or proof that the myth happened. Some myths have factual origins, while others are completely fictional. However myths are more than simple stories – many serve a more profound purpose in ancient and modern cultures. Mythology is a collection of traditional stories that express the beliefs or values of a group of people. The stories often focus on human qualities such as good and evil.

They are often considered to be sacred and may explain how things came to be. The myths gave human emotions and qualities to the super-natural beings who were the heroes of their stories.

A myth can also be a story that tries to explain the way the world is. People have always wanted to know the reasons for natural phenomena, for example how was the Universe created, what is the reason for thunder……. Myths often include gods and goddesses and other supernatural characters who have the power to make extraordinary things happen and are popular even when people know the actual reasons for the natural phenomena. Religion, gods, and myths were created when people tried to have an answer to these questions.

The founding myths of the USA

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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What makes a hero ?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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Myths and Heroes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
1. Definitions
a. an ancient story about gods, heroes and magic
b. popular belief or tradition embodying the ideals and institutions of a society
c. an unfounded or false notion
d. a theme or character type embodying an idea
a. a mythological or legendary figure often endowed with great strength or ability
b. a person admired for his/her achievements, noble qualities and great courage
c. the main character or a literary or dramatic work, an event, period, movement
d. an object of extreme admiration and devotion: icon/role model
Questions you can ask yourself about the notion with help of the documents we study in class
a. What category does the hero(ine) in the document belong to ?
legendary ? hero recognized by the society ? fictitious hero ? (cinema, book…)
b. For what reason ? What does he/she embody ? What are his/her qualities/abilities/achievements ?
c. Why is the hero(ine) “used” for ? Propaganda ? Advertising ? Role model ? (values)
d.Hero or anti-hero ?