So for those of you who have seen my "school project" I just wanted to let y'all know how I did. The overall grade was a 94% - an A! Good thing too because a 93% would have meant an A-.
Here's how the pictures did: The portrait got an 11.5 out of 12.5 because of harsh flash and shadows. The landscape got a 10.5 for lack of interest. The redemption received a 12 his only comment was "interesting". And my favorite, the hero picture, aced the test with a 12.5. I was pretty happy with the results, I'll take the A.
Meanwhile we had to do another project where we compared Odysseus, Luke Skywalker, and a Book of Mormon hero. If any of you know what the monomyth is then that will make sense, if not then allow me to explain. It's basically the elements of the heroic journey. A person is usually in a state of mortal weakness (for Odysseus he was prideful and denied the power of the gods, for Luke he was simply a youth and unaware that his destiny lay outside the occupation of farming), they then get a mentor (Athena and Obi-Wan Kenobi), receive training (Yoda in the Dagobah System), go through various tests and trials, have some sort of fall where they enter "the belly of the whale" (Luke rushes into a fight with Darth Vader out of anger, is overpowered and gets his hand chopped off, and discovers that Darth Vader is his father), after this comes a redemption and the return of a wiser, stronger hero. Pretty cool huh? In a way, Anakin Skywalker and Oedipus Rex also go through the steps of the heroic journey, but there is no redemption because they never recover from the fall, they just keep falling. So we had to choose a Book of Mormon hero to compare with these two. Almost everyone chose Nephi or Alma, and a few chose Moroni. I chose to take the road less traveled and chose Corianton. To me he embodies the true hero in that he receives a higher calling, unfortunately he falls and makes a mess out of it, he receives training or counsel from his father (think of all the great doctrine in those chapters), and then he repents and becomes a strong and righteous man again. Perfect.
Let me know what y'all think. By the way, I got a 100% on that project (in case you're wondering, that's an A+!).