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  1. page Ryman, Kaleb edited ... {jenova.jpg} Explanation: Well, I'm grasping at straws a bit here in an effort to return to …
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    Explanation: Well, I'm grasping at straws a bit here in an effort to return to the video game theme from earlier. It isn't really a mythological allusion, but religion is just contemporary mythology anyway... and if this isn't being graded then I suppose can play loose with the directions. Square Software's (now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII (1997) draws quite a bit from Lurian Kabalā. The name of Jenova (pictured above) has Hebrew and Latin components, with the ineffable Hebrew name of God, יהוה (romanized Yahweh or Jehovah), and nova (new).
    [meh, three short... I'll stop there]
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    nova (new). In a sense, Jenova is a "new god".
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  3. page Ryman, Kaleb edited ... But there's gonna be a party When the wolf comes home 1/11/2012 #6 {jenova.jpg} Explanat…
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    Explanation: Well, I'm grasping at straws a bit here in an effort to return to the video game theme from earlier. It isn't really a mythological allusion, but religion is just contemporary mythology anyway... and if this isn't being graded then I suppose can play loose with the directions. Square Software's (now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII (1997) draws quite a bit from Lurian Kabalā. The name of Jenova (pictured above) has Hebrew and Latin components, with the ineffable Hebrew name of God, יהוה (romanized Yahweh or Jehovah), and nova (new). In a sense, Jenova is a "new god".

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  5. page Ryman, Kaleb edited ... {freudcomic.JPG} Explanation: Oedipus was a mythological Greek king of Thebes who fulfilled …
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    Explanation: Oedipus was a mythological Greek king of Thebes who fulfilled a prophecy that stated he would slay his father and marry his mother. In Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory, as part of the phallic stage of his psychosexual development, the Oedipus Complex refers to a boy's unconscious sexual attraction to his mother and desire to compete with or kill his father (whom he also fears will emasculate him via castration). In theory, a child's identification with the same-sex parent with whom they are competing for the opposite-sex parent's affection, is a successful resolution of the Oedipus Complex and contributes to the development of their sexual role and identity. Failure to resolve this conflict is theorized to result in neurosis, pedophilia or homosexuality.
    [for the hell of it, here begins the second set of notebook entries, all done in one night during which I couldn't think of anything better to do]
    1/11/2012
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    {ariadneinception.jpg} Ellen Page as Ariadne in Inception (2010)
    Explanation: In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She is most commonly associated with mazes and labyrinths, due to her role in helping Theseus of Athens kill the Minotaur and find his way out of Minos' labyrinth, saving the would-be sacrifices. Ellen Page's character in the 2010 film, Inception, is a graduate student of architecture whose name alludes to the Cretan Princess because of her recruitment to construct construct dreamscapes, which are described as mazes.
    1/11/2012 #5
    Explanation: At least the chorus of The Mountain Goats' "Up the Wolves" is loosely in reference to a Roman foundation myth that I'm not all that familiar with, in which twin brothers Romulus and Remus - suckled by a she-wolf and fostered by a shepherd and his wife - are credited for founding Rome as a new city for themselves after killing Amulius and restoring their grandfather Numitor to the throne of Alba Longa.
    Our mother has been absent
    Ever since we founded Rome
    But there's gonna be a party
    When the wolf comes home

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    Explanation: Oedipus was a mythological Greek king of Thebes who fulfilled a prophecy that stated he would slay his father and marry his mother. In Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory, as part of the phallic stage of his psychosexual development, the Oedipus Complex refers to a boy's unconscious sexual attraction to his mother and desire to compete with or kill his father (whom he also fears will emasculate him via castration). In theory, a child's identification with the same-sex parent with whom they are competing for the opposite-sex parent's affection, is a successful resolution of the Oedipus Complex and contributes to the development of their sexual role and identity. Failure to resolve this conflict is theorized to result in neurosis, pedophilia or homosexuality.
    1/11/2012
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    Explanation: In Valve Software's Portal 2 (2011), shortly after Chell detaches GLaDOS from the mainframe and replaces her with dimwitted Wheatley, GLaDOS is humiliated further by being attached to a potato battery capable only of powering her consciousness and most basic functions. Potato GLaDOS is carried off by a bird and when next Chell sees her, she's being picked apart by birds in a nest. What could be an allusion to the punishment of Prometheus who was bound to a rock in the Caucasus where every day his liver was eaten by a great eagle, is given more credence by the malfunctioning Oracle Turret that has a few cryptic lines hinting to things in the past and future, including,"Prometheus was punished by the gods for giving the gift of knowledge to man. He was cast into the bowels of the Earth and pecked by birds."
    1/11/2012 #2
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    Explanation: In 2k Boston/Irrational Games' Bioshock (2007), several locations within the underwater city of Rapture are named after elements of Greek and Roman mythology. Examples: Neptune's Bounty, the fishing district and port in Rapture; the geothermal power generation facility and HQ of Ryan Industries, Hephaestus; Olypmus Heights, where the upper-class of Rapture had their apartments and workplaces; Point Prometheus, the laboratories and genetic library where the "Big Daddy" enemy variants were created.
    1/11/2012 #3
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    Explanation: The Persona series of video games, themselves a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei are filled with allusions and references to the major arcana of tarot, C.G. Jung's archetypes and individuation process, and Greek and Roman mythology. In Persona 3, (2007) the protagonist's initial persona ("a second soul that dwells deep within a person's heart... an entirely different personality that emerges when a person is confronted with something from outside his world") is named Orpheus. The Orpheus persona has an organic head atop a mechanical body and a large lyre on his back; he cannot speak through his mouth, instead using a stomach-embedded speaker. The lyre is central to Orpheus' myth, and the persona's head being the only organic part is likely in reference to when mythological Orpheus was torn apart by a group of Maenads in their temporary Bacchic ecstasy and madness, leaving only his head and lyre which floated together down the Hebrus. The in-game compendium acknowledges the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
    1/11/2012 #4
    [I thought it would be fun to see if I could do this second half entirely with video game references, but at the moment I'm drawing a blank]
    {ariadneinception.jpg} Ellen Page as Ariadne in Inception (2010)
    Explanation: In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She is most commonly associated with mazes and labyrinths, due to her role in helping Theseus of Athens kill the Minotaur and find his way out of Minos' labyrinth, saving the would-be sacrifices. Ellen Page's character in the 2010 film, Inception, is a graduate student of architecture whose name alludes to the Cretan Princess because of her recruitment to construct construct dreamscapes, which are described as mazes.

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