What’s the Deal Disney? Why did You Change Hercules?
Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
In this lesson you will evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules." By creating a plot diagram of the “real” myth, you will hone in on critical differences. They then document these changes in a Venn diagram and discuss the role of audience and purpose in Disney’s decisions through the Think-Pair-Share strategy. Finally, you will evaluate the changes for yourself in a summary and critique writing activity.
Youwill also examine the fact that media producers, including trusted sources such as Disney, will make changes based on purpose and audience; you will learn to evaluate the media that surrounds you as opposed to accepting it as fact. As we use the Think-Pair-Share conversation strategy, we will argue and wrestle with the changes to the myth. Since there are no “right” or “wrong” answers, you will reflect on your conversations in the partner activity.
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Think Pair Share Activity:
Plot Diagram: Students use this interactive tool to document the elements of plot in the myth of Hercules.
Venn Diagram: Students use this interactive tool to compare the Disney animated film version of the Hercules myth with the real myth.
Compare and Contrast Map: Students use this interactive tool to compare the Disney animated film version of the myth to the real myth of Hercules.
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PLOT THE FILM AND COMPARE IT TO THE “REAL” MYTH
You will need to find the following aspects of the Disney version of the film to complete a plot diagram for this myth…
a. Setting (where, when the myth takes place)
b. Exposition (initial or inciting incident)
c. Key Characters (Supporting or Secondary Characters) and their role in Hercules life…
d. Conflict – Internal and External (Internal conflict is the conflict a character feels inside emotionally; External conflict is the conflict that the main character or protagonist has with another character, usually the antagonist)
e. Rising Action (series of key events that lead to the climax)
f. Climax (turning point) – This is the main event or key event, because after this, everything changes. If things have been going badly, then at the climax, things will begin to go well for the protagonist.
g. Falling Action – Conflict “unravels” with the main character winning or losing. It may contain a moment of final suspense.
h. Denouement or Resolution – How the story ends for the main character. Is the main character in a better situation or worse?
VENN DIAGRAM THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MOVIE AND THE REAL MYTH…
COMPARE AND CONTRAST MAP
Comparison and contrast are ways of looking at objects and thinking about how they are alike and different.
For instance, all of these items are alike because they are kinds of food, but there are many ways that they are different. For instance, they belong to different food groups. Some must be cooked before eating, and some can be eaten raw. For instance, all of these items are alike because they are kinds of food, but there are many ways that they are different. For instance, they belong to different food groups. Some must be cooked before eating, and some can be eaten raw.
When you write comparison and contrast, you will pay attention to these kinds of details.