in Rank’s discussion of mythic heroes, heroism was conceived of as exclusively masculine. To what degree has that changed over time? This assignment uses the character of Thor in different time periods as a way to reflect how the notion of heroism and gender has and/or has not changed.
While Thor was always identified as a man in ancient Norse myth, there is a Norse tale called the Thrymskvitha that relates how Thor had to dress as a woman to get his hammer back after it had been stolen by a giant. In 2014, Marvel comics had a woman assume the role of Thor (https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/marvel-proudly-presents-thor) and now this is being made into a movie (https://people.com/movies/natalie-portman-very-excited-become-mighty-thor/).
In preparation for this assignment:
read the Thrymskvitha from the Poetic Edda (posted below)
view an illustration from a 1902 English translation of the Thrymskvitha (posted below)
select one of the covers of the Thor comics featuring a female Thor https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/19759/thor_2014_-_2015
Then, write an essay of no less than 250 words long that discusses how the characterization of Thor in written as well as visual formats reflects on notions of gender and heroism, from Nordic times (using the Thrymskvitha), through the turn of the twentieth century (using the 1902 Illustration), to today (using the modern comic).
This essay must employ textual and visual evidence to support its points, so make sure to:
make specific reference(s) to the Thrymskvitha by citing line number(s)
reference specific visual details from the 1902 Illustration
reference specific visual details from the selected comic book cover, which should be identified by its issue number
support the discussion as needed with references to specific pages of our textbook
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