In recent classes, we have been examining fairy tales from the European tradition. Now, we are moving into folklore and “myths” from our own country of America, and getting closer and closer to our own day and age. Historically, there are countless “tall tales” from far and wide in the fledgling United States, and the folktales of our land are simultaneously exceptional and unusual while also being discernibly connected to prior tales and traditions. America is also home to Hollywood, which established new legends and myths during the rise of the cinema in the early twentieth century. To examine these uniquely American developments, you have two options for this Blogpost: 1) In response to the stories assigned for Monday (11/13), you should identify and choose a significant theme, idea, or image from a specific tale that you find to be particularly intriguing as a window into the beliefs, behaviors, politics, or social developments of early America. Then, I’d like you to do a little research into the historical time period in question and the issue in question as it relates to that age. Next, move on to examine the issue as it appears thematically in the story and offer a brief interpretive analysis of just what the author seems to be doing by way of rendering that issue for the reader in this tale. As it relates to your chosen social subject, just what is the “moral of the story”? 2) The second option for this response is intended for all you movie lovers out there. On Wednesday (the 15th) we will be discussing one of the most famous movies of all time: The Wizard of Oz. In the story of Dorothy, this film may offer a new kind of hero for a new age. On the other hand, Dorothy is simultaneously a hero of old, with traits that are kindred to those of the great heroes of ancient myth, such as Odysseus, Aeneas, and so on. With this in mind, your second option is to consider how, specifically, The Wizard of Oz connects with some of the key archetypes, traits, behaviors, or heroic adventures we have seen so far this semester? What kind of hero is Dorothy, exactly? How is her story similar to – or different than – the myths of old?