In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Almost all of the creators in the myths presented are male. Why do so many stories feature men? What does this tell the reader about the cultures the stories come from?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the stories have animals as main characters. Why is there a common theme about animals? Why might these cultures value animals so highly?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the stories feature sets of twins. Might twins be considered special or magical in certain cultures? Why or why not? Are the twins presented in the stories good? Evil? Both? Neither?

Essay Topic 4

Often the sun and moon are seen as opposites. One is said to exist before the other.

1) Which stories begin with darkness?

2) Which stories begin with light?

3) Do more stories begin with darkness or with light? Why might this be?

Essay Topic 5

Why do cultures have a need to explain the...

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