Answer questions about sports in film

1.(Compare and contrast the journey of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team (from the documentary Dare to Dream) with the journey of the N.C. State basketball team (Survive and Advance). Focus on the most significant similarities and differences. Use at least some of Joseph Campbell’s explanation of “the hero’s journey.” Focus on how these stories have similar themes but present them in different ways. Be sure to use ideas and terms from the course. (Dare to dream link: (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3)

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Survive and Advance link

2. Discuss one story from our Best American Sports Writing text (or one film/documentary from the course) and relate it to Aristotle’s theory of tragedy. Be sure to demonstrate a clear understanding of Aristotle’s theory. You might consider vices, as they fit into the story, and the idea of the “tragic flaw” as you discuss these stories. (Use the movie Eight Men out, you can find the movie clip on YouTube)

3. Reflect on the poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Housman. Consider how the poem addresses the theme of youth and sports. Try to make a connection to one other story we have read from Best Sports Stories. (Use the movie Raging Bull, you can find the movie clip on YouTube)

All responses should in essay format with complete sentences and paragraphs. Be sure to provide evidence and examples to support your assertions. There is no specific page requirement; write as fully and completely as possible and until you have nothing more to say for each question. When appropriate, use as many references to course ideas and course material (i.e., film, documentaries, short stories, reading excerpts, class discussion/lecture and examples from the world of sports). Also, try not to double up on the use of stories too much. You want to demonstrate a good awareness of multiple readings/films.