Knights of Cydonia – Muse inspires a hero’s journey

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The humorous pastiche music video for Muse and their 2006 hit Knights of Cydonia was directed by Joseph Kahn. There are numerous popular culture references, appropriated icons and synthesized sounds that lead us through a satirical hero quest. The blend of narrative and performative styles within the cyber western genre makes a fun lesson for junior classes when studying the hero’s journey. Download the quiz here Knights of Cydonia Quiz

WARNING! Will Robinson! I sourced the music video from Triple J’s Hottest 100 Volume 15 dvd. If you source this text from Youtube or Vimeo, be mindful that the Director’s Cut has a very brief simulated sex scene which may be inappropriate for some young students. Of course, we all check our texts before a lesson, but just in case …

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Further details can be found on Wikipedia.

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