What’s Ivan’s character like?
How does the story’s chronology work? (Chunks of three years)
What nuggets of wisdom does it convey or imply? (Respect for your elders?)
How do the plot sections fit/string together, and what kinds of knowledge or ability do the characters have or acquire?
How does the sorcery (shape-changing etc.) described resemble what is described in Ivanits’s collection?
When you’re the hero it’s all about you (the dragon knows his name, “Ivan the Peasant’s Son” – and “Ivan” is the Russian John, the most common name ever). When you lose your hero spot (or magic horse, etc.), you have to use all your resources and pay dues or spend years as necessary to get it back.
Return to the class syllabus
Proceed to the lecture notes for Wednesday, January 30, 2008.