The Magizine

Table of contents

Page 1 - Essential Questions & Jason's Journey

Page 2 - Vocab & Theseus Defeats the Minotaur

Page 3 - The Archetypes

Page 4 - Hall of Heroes

Page 5 - This I Believe Personal Essay

Essential questions

  1. How do circumstances and events impact the development of a hero? The things heroes go through and people they loose make them who they are and sometimes motivate them.
  2. How does a hero reflect the values of his/her society? If the people are warriors the the hero would be a warrior and if the people were peaceful the their hero might just be strong and protective.
  3. How can a hero inspire or motivate an entire society? When people see how great it is to help people and to be loved or feared by many people they want to be a hero too.
  4. How do heroes display archetypal traits? By the way they carry there selves and by the way they treat others.

Jason & the dragon


  1. Archetype - a very typical example of a certain person or thing.

  2. Complex character - A complex character in literature is formed from similar set of dramatic function as Archetypes. This character is strongly influenced by their environment.

  3. Direct & indirect characterization - Direct characterization is when the author tells the reader the personality of the character. Indirect characterization is when the author shows things that reveal the personality of the character

  4. Character purpose & motivation - Motivation is why they do something. Purpose is the object toward which one strives

  5. Epic - A long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

  6. Epic hero - A brave and noble character in an epic poem

  7. Round & dynamic / flat & static character - Round and dynamic is a very well explained character. Flat and static is a character that we don't know much about

  8. Folk hero - someone who is popular with and respected by ordinary people

  9. Myth - A traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.

  10. Theme/universal theme - The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.

  11. Journey/quest - An act of traveling from one place to another.

Theseus defeats the minotaur

The archetypes

The Hero - Motto: Where there's a will, there's a way

Core desire: to prove one's worth through courageous acts

Goal: expert mastery in a way that improves the world

Greatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a "chicken"

Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible

Weakness: arrogance, always needing another battle to fight

Talent: competence and courage

The Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player.

The Explorer - Motto: Don't fence me in

Core desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the world

Goal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life

Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness

Strategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom

Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit

Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one's soul

The explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.

The Rebel - Motto: Rules are made to be broken

Core desire: revenge or revolution

Goal: to overturn what isn't working

Greatest fear: to be powerless or ineffectual

Strategy: disrupt, destroy, or shock

Weakness: crossing over to the dark side, crime

Talent: outrageousness, radical freedom

The Outlaw is also known as: The rebel, revolutionary, wild man, the misfit, or iconoclast.

The Ruler - Motto: Power isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Core desire: control

Goal: create a prosperous, successful family or community

Strategy: exercise power

Greatest fear: chaos, being overthrown

Weakness: being authoritarian, unable to delegate

Talent: responsibility, leadership

The Ruler is also known as: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.

Hall of Heroes

George Lucas

For those of you that don’t know who George Lucas is, he is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. George Lucas was born May 14, 1944 in Modesto, California.

I think George Lucas is an american hero because he wrote “Star Wars”,and that is really awesome. Pretty much everyone in America has heard of “StarWars” even if they haven't seen it. Movies were kind of sucking for a while, but in the 70s everything changed. At first no one made a big deal about George Lucas or stuff he did but when “Star Wars A New Hope”, came out in theaters in 1977 and people went to see it they went crazy, everybody wanted more. They were amazed at the graphics and the storyline and it wasn’t long before everyone knew the name George Lucas.

After that he kept going and he made two more movies “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” ,and “Star Wars Return Of The Jedi”. After that everybody thought he was done with the Star Wars movies and He moved on to making other movies such as “Indiana Jones ,and “Willow”. In 1999 he came out with “Star Wars The Phantom Menace”, and again he made two more movies “Star Wars Attack Of The Clones”, and “Revenge Of The Sith”.

The Star Wars trilogies were the most important movies he made and were also the most famous. George Lucas also wrote other less famous but very well done movies, one of the first movies was “American Graffiti”. So I think he did a lot for America by making movies that people have loved for a long time and will keep loving.

This I believe personal essay

I think heroes in movies and on tv are awesome but I believe real heroes can be even cooler. They are the people that help others without even thinking about it. I feel like I have known a lot of heroes in my life but to me the most important is my hero my brother Woody. He is 13 months older than me and we have been through everything together.

When I was 6 our mom died and after that our dad just wasn’t the same. We fought when we were little, but as the years went by the less my dad did the more my brother did. When my dad stopped cooking dinner Woody cooked dinner every night. When I was younger I didn’t talk to Woody about my problems as much as I do now, but now I tell him everything because I know he won’t judge me no matter what I say. He is really good at solving problems, he doesn’t want to get mad or emotional or freak out. If there is a problem he will talk about it and figure out what to do.

The person I look up to the most in my life is Woody because he is the only person in my life that has always been there and also because at times he was all I had. On his sixteenth birthday he drove our dad to the V.A. Hospital in Asheville and the next day we found out our dad had liver cancer. Woody did everything he could to take care of our dad while he was sick. He got a job and tried his best to provide for me and our dad but our dad died anyway.

After our dad died we moved around for a while but we ended up staying in Rutherford County. We had to go to different schools but I hated the kids on my bus so Woody would drop me off before he went to school and pick me up when he got out of school. One time on his way to school after dropping me off our van caught on fire and he got out just before it blew up and that made me realize how important he really was to me and that if I lost him I would be all alone.

When they brought us to Crossnore he was trying to calm me down and I was freaking out but the thing that made me hate Crossnore and everyone in it (when I got here) was that they took Woody somewhere else. When I talked to him on the phone and had visites with him he was always trying to tell me everything was gonna be okay and get better but at the same time his life sucked because his foster parents were bad people and I still hate them for the way they treated him.

In the summer two days before his birthday he came to Crossnore and since then things for both of us have been a lot better. He is in stepping stones and we both work at the sales store. Even though we are getting older he still does the best he can to give me whatever I want ( I’m kind of spoiled ). For everything Woody has done for me and been there for he is and will always be my Hero.