Mythology & Folkloreâ€™s
MARIAH CAREY The University of Oklahoma MLLL-3043
Table of Contents Introduction...............................1 King Arthur................................2 Hercules......................................5 Casey Jones.................................8 Robert the Bruce........................11 Mariahâ€™s Final Message.............14 Image Information/Appendix..15
Introduction Welcome to my historic journey around the world! This journey will be full of action,
drama, bravery, and everything else that relates to heroism. For ages, there have been thousands of individuals around Earth that have been labeled heroes, but only a select few of these heroes are remembered. Over the next few weeks, I will travel back in time to visit with four great heroes from the past -including heroes from the Ancient World. Before I say more, I should introduce myself. My name is Mariah Carey and I am the official spokesperson, diva, and tour guide for this journey! Music fans gave me these honorable titles in 2010 because of a ballad I sang in 1993 called: Hero. Lucky for me, my good friend Michael J. Fox loaned me his Back to the Future time machine for the next several weeks! This should be an amazing experience and I hope you enjoy! My first stop on the journey will be to visit King Arthur in Great Britain. Wearing my six-inch stilettos and tight-fitting mini-skirt, I will shock King Arthur and the entire palace with my appearance. After being accepted into the palace, I will visit with King Arthur and relive some of his major victories during his time as King. After Great Britain, I will use my time machine again and visit Greece to meet Hercules just before he successfully completes his seventh labor. His seventh labor is to capture the Cretan Bull. Hercules and I will also sing a duet together at a Greek dinner banquet. On the third leg of the tour, I will roll out the red carpet into the late 19th century and visit my homeland of America. More specifically: Jackson, Tennessee. Tennessee is the home of legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones. Jones is credited with saving many lives at the expense of his own. I will take a ride with Jones on his train and relive the dramatic events that eventually ended his life. My final destination into the past will be in Scotland. I will meet with 14th century leader Robert the Bruce who is known for guiding his team into battle and never giving up. I will relive The Battle of Bannockburn and show you why Bruce is a true hero. Only these four heroes, chosen by me, are worthy enough for a time-travel tour such as this. I hope you stick around for the journey! -Mariah Carey
First Time Warp
First Time Warp
Wow, what a journey across the Atlantic! It usually only takes about three minutes for Michael J. Fox’s time machine to travel back in time across the Atlantic but this time was different. The machine had too much weight at first because of my four suitcases of shoes and clothing, multiple hair extensions, and of course my vast collection of Ray-Bans. No need to fret, I have arrived into the Kingdom of Logres (a.k.a Great Britain) where King Arthur lives. Most of the people in the kingdom were dressed in loose-fit linens. The women wore kirtles that reached their ankles and veils that covered their hair. Of course I stood out like a sore thumb with my short skirt and stilettos. It was 10:00 a.m. in Logres and the servants went upstairs to brief the King before I went up to meet him.
The next day, right before the festival had started, the King pulled me aside and asked me to sing a few songs to the entire courtyard. There were thousands of people stacked like sardines to watch me perform. Leaders from around Britain were there to see me. It was one of the biggest spectacles I have ever been part of! After a few hours of opening acts and performances, the King introduced me and the crowd began cheering, “Mariah! Mariah! Mariah!” It reminded me of home! At this point I became comfortable so I got on stage and sang “Fantasy” and “Always Be My Baby.” During both songs everyone danced with joy! It was an amazing start to the three-day festival. After the festival, the King received a threat from Rome. The King ordered his army to Rome and asked if I wanted to tag along. I told the King I had a major record deal and that part of the agreement was that I refrain from going to war with other countries. He laughed and said, “You’ll be fine. Just stand by me.” So I did.
After twenty minutes, a servant by the name of Bob arrived and escorted me up to see the King. As I walked in to the King’s bedroom, I noticed the most amazing décor ever! It was outfitted with the finest care and meticulous detail. Bob then took me out to the balcony where I saw King Arthur lying out getting some rays. King Arthur turned his head and made eye contact with me; his jaw dropped in amazement. “Well, King,” I asked, “What are you so amazed by?”
After four days of traveling toward Rome, the King and his army have chopped off the head of a huge giant beast, killed dozens of attackers, and Arthur himself killed some dude named “Lucius.” It was quite an exciting time with King Arthur until he received a message from back home. The message stated that his nephew Mordred had proclaimed himself to be the ruler of Logres, which meant that King Arthur was dethroned! To make matters worse, he forced Guinevere, the King’s wife, to marry him. This obviously angered Arthur. He knew that his people would suffer if he didn’t stop Mordred and his army. I saw the fire in Arthur’s eyes!
The King responded, “You’re the most beautiful lady in the land! And you smell wonderful! Please have seat!” “Why thank you, King. You have a nice crib. How many live here?” “Huh? What is “crib?”
A week passed and we finally made it back to Logres. One-by-one King Arthur and his army killed all of Mordred’s army. There was only one enemy left alive and that was Mordred. Arthur wouldn’t let anyone go with him to find Mordred; he was out for blood. After three days, Arthur returned to his castle bleeding and holding his stomach. He said, “Mordred is dead. Tell my wife I love her. Long live the people.” Arthur then collapsed and died right in front of us. Arthur was a hero and his people loved him for it. The next day I time-warped back to New York City with one heroic experience under my belt!
“Ha ha! I mean you have a nice castle here!” The King laughed after realizing the obvious differences in time and region. After a few hours of discussing the King’s past, failures, and successes, he said that tomorrow is the beginning of a three-day music festival where people from around the kingdom gather in the courtyard. I was a bit nervous about this because I didn’t know who all was going to show up. After all, my sole purpose was to meet the King and no one else.
Author’s Note & Bibliography
Second Time Warp
Wow, what a journey it was! I got to visit King Arthur in his kingdom and I also experienced the heroic ending of his amazing life. King Arthur was an amazing man and I couldn’t wait to see how Hercules matched up to Arthur. The time came and Michael J. Fox had made some adjustments to the time machine so I could carry more baggage. Instead of four suitcases, I chose to send six this time. Trust me when I say that diva rule #1 is: A girl must have her Gucci and Prada at all times! My journey to the Peloponnese of ancient Greece was ready to begin!
I continued to use Mariah Carey as the narrator for the story. After conducting research about Arthur, I found that he was involved in a lot of battles and major events. He was easily involved in more battles and events than the other three heroes in The Heroic Bunch. Because of this, I had to narrow my story down to one event. I chose to end the story with Arthur dying and saving his country from a tyrant ruler. I kept to the basic storyline of Arthur’s death. To me, the end of his life meant less for him and more for the entire kingdom. His death showed his selfless attitude. I combined two battles: The War Against Rome and The Battle of Camlann. I purposely used elements of pop-culture to give the story a different feel as well. My intention was to be serious but to have a comical delivery.
I got into the time machine and it took me about five hours to arrive in Greece. I was traveling back in time before Christ was born so the trip took longer than usual. When I arrived in Greece, I was shocked to see a gathering of people waiting for me. As I stepped off the time machine, I saw dozens of men and women wearing tunics to their ankles and they all had smiling faces. Some of the teenage boys were staring just a little too long for my comfort. The people didn’t smell pleasant, but it was to be expected!
I felt the end of his life was more important that the other events in his life. With that being said, I also liked the beginning of Arthur’s life as king. In that story, he is the only person that can remove the sword from the stone. After the sword was removed, he was immediately hailed as King.
In the distance, I saw a person that I assumed was Hercules. The muscular man I saw resembled my good friend Kevin Sorbo, but bigger. Kevin is known for his Hollywood portrayal of Hercules so the resemblance came at no surprise. The large man wasn’t a king or official leader but he definitely looked important. People were literally looking up to him and his massive chest and arms. As I walked up to him, he said, “Hi, I am Hercules. You must be Mariah?” I smiled and said, “Yes, I am Mariah. Nice to meet you!” He opened his arms and gave me a huge hug. I felt like I was being crushed! He accompanied me to his home and on the way we talked about our lives and what our goals were. Hercules was currently on a mission to complete twelve assigned labors over twelve years. He had finished six of twelve labors and was about to complete his seventh. His cousin Eurystheus, who also happened to be the King, assigned the labors to him. Eurystheus assigned the labors because of crimes Hercules was made to commit by Hera, the guardian of married women. Hera hated Hercules because Zeus, Hercules’ dad, cheated on Hera with another woman. To make matters worse, Zeus named Hercules after Hera. This fueled the fire even more!
Hercules asked me, “Would you like to go to Crete tomorrow? Minos has a Cretan bull that is going mad and no one can tame it. This will be my seventh labor.” “Sure!” I replied with excitement.
Second Time Warp
Author’s Note & Bibliography
Before the night ended, Hercules treated me to dinner. He cooked me fried octopus and cabbage. I was hesitant at first but it turned out to be really good! Hercules told me about his background in music. Hercules showed me his acoustic guitar and played a few pieces for me. “What an amazing talent you are, studly!” Hercules looked confused…I’m not sure he knew what a “stud” was. After he was done playing guitar, I sang a few songs for him. He was so amazed at my vocal range. After an awkward minute of staring into each other’s eyes, Hercules leaned in and gave me a kiss on the cheek. He said, “You’re such a sweet and beautiful lady. Thank you for spending time with me.” I smiled to him, said good night, and then went to bed.
The legend of Hercules has a ton of action in it. It was my challenge to choose one event in Hercules’ entire life and focus on it. I did the same thing in the Arthur story because of the abundance of events. I chose the Cretan bull story because 1) my Zodiac sign is Taurus and 2) my mom called me a “bull in a china closet” when I was a kid. These two reasons made my decision easy. As mentioned in the story, there were twelve total labors assigned to Hercules. He completed these twelve labors to repent and serve the King Eurystheus.
The next morning, Hercules and I sailed out to sea. My carry-on bags weighed down the boat but we managed to arrive in Crete safely. Hercules visited the palace of King Minos, and got all the instructions about capturing the bull. Hercules asked Minos, “If I catch the bull alive can I take it back to the Peloponnese? Minos told Hercules, “I just want the bull gone. It’s causing too much havoc in my city!”
The twelve labors are action-packed. Hercules also was involved in helping the Princess of Troy from a sea-monster and to help Zeus defeat the Giants in Olympus. These two are prime examples of Hercules making the world safe for mankind. Hercules is known for using any means necessary to accomplish his goals. He would cheat or lie to make the world safer. As you can see my choices were abundant but I still chose the seventh labor.
Hercules and I went to find the bull. We spotted the bull on the edge of town. As soon as we saw the bull, the bull saw us. Hercules said, “Oops. You better stand back!” The massive bull began to charge Hercules as fast as it could! When the bull arrived closer, Hercules got into a football stance and tackled the mighty bull to the ground. He looked like Roy “Superman” Williams from the Oklahoma Sooners! The bull was no match for Hercules. Hercules lifted the bull up and got on top of it in a riding position. Hercules then lifted me onto the bull and we rode it back across the sea to the Peloponnese.
My arrival and time spent is similar to my Arthur story. I tried to use a wide range of emotion including a hint of romance. I imagined Mariah Carey in a movie with Hercules and the two getting married and having children. I obviously didn’t include that in the story, but I did hint at the potential. In each story, I am going to have Mariah perform in some way. I have performance ideas for the rest of my stories. Hope you enjoyed!
Our journey together was over but we had had such a wonderful time together! I could see why all the people of Greece loved Hercules so much! He was strong and powerful but he had a soft heart. As I was departing, Hercules kissed me lightly on the cheek and said his farewells. I began to cry a little but didn’t let anyone see me. On my way to the time machine, a townsperson handed me a book and told me to read it on my way back home. I told her thank you and said my final goodbyes to the Peloponnesians. I got into my time machine and headed back home. I opened the book and inside there were stories about Hercules’s first six labors but also other great accomplishments from his past. He was such a heroic man and did a lot of good things for the people that loved him! He is a true hero and definitely belongs in The Heroic Bunch!
Third Time Warp
Third Time Warp
Casey Jones The ride moved along pretty well and we were about 15 miles from Canton. The fog was still dense and the weather was dreary but I was having such a wonderful time! We were passing through the town of Vaughan, Mississippi and we started going fast around a sharp curve. Ahead, Casey saw the bright glow of red brake lights. Casey’s face turned cold. I sensed trouble! He immediately put on the brakes. The train was having a tough time slowing down but he was doing his best. He leaned over and sternly told me, “Tell my wife and kids I love them. Now you need to jump off this train!”
My most recent journey was the most exciting yet! I went back in time with the great Hercules and relived his seventh labor. Hercules was such a loving man and I wished I had had more time to spend with him! All in all I was a lucky girl. I’ve been able to visit Arthur and Hercules and now I get to visit Casey Jones during his final train ride. I hope there is a big retirement party! The day came and I was ready to go! I hopped onto the time machine and headed to the year 1900. When I arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, I landed right in the backyard of a horse ranch. The gate on the ranch said, “Jones’ Ranch.” I assumed I was in the right spot! There I saw three young children and a woman hanging up the laundry. As I got off the time machine, the woman introduced herself as Janie. She informed me she was Casey’s wife and that they were happy to have me over. She told me that Casey would be home in a few hours. I asked her, “I thought your home was in Jackson, Tennessee?” She explained, “We used to live in Jackson, but Casey does most of his work here. We still call Jackson our home but Memphis is just easier on the family.”
“What?” “If you don’t jump, you’re going to die,” he said in a calm, commanding voice. “So this is what they mean by ‘your last ride?’ I thought you were retiring…alive!” I then took a leap of faith and jumped into the ditch. Luckily I landed right in some water, which cushioned my fall. I was still hurting but my adrenaline took over and I watched the passenger train in its final descent. Casey’s train made a devastating collision with the train ahead. The train derailed violently and you could hear several passengers screaming. There was fire and dust. It was tragic, but there was nothing I could do.
As I visited with Casey’s children in the dining room, Casey arrived just in time for dinner. A tall, slender man, who I assumed was Casey, smiled at me brightly. He introduced himself as Casey and we went into the kitchen to sit down. He told me a story that dated back five years. It was a story about how he had rescued a child that was tied to a railroad tie. The public praised him as a hero but you could tell that he was very humble. As dinner came to an end, Casey began talking about his work the next day. He asked me if I wanted to tag along. I replied, “Yes! I’d love to!” I was hoping I would get to ride on his final ride as well. I could already tell this trip was going to be fun!
Several minutes passed and the emergency vehicles arrived and took me to a hospital in Canton to get me checked out. While I was in the emergency room, one of the police officers stopped to talk to me. He told me that Casey had saved a lot of lives by staying on the train to slow it down. He went on to say that Casey was a hero and the entire country would be talking about Casey’s heroic act.
Early the next day, we arrived at the Memphis train station and Casey was informed of a delay on the No. 1 train. He was asked to take the No. 1 train toward Canton, Mississippi because the original engineer was sick. Casey was up to the challenge so we waited for the No. 1 train to board. The train was already an hour and a half late but Casey thought he could get there in time because the rainy weather conditions were perfect for speedy travel.
I was beat up and sore, but I decided to stay around for the funeral in Casey’s hometown of Jackson, Tennessee. I was hesitant, but I boarded a train from Canton to Jackson. Alongside me were a few sheriff ’s deputies and Casey’s remains inside a casket. When we arrived, you could see that Casey’s wife Janie was obviously saddened. I told her what Casey’s final message to her and the children was. I think it made her feel better. After a few hours of talking with Janie and the kids, Janie asked me to sing at Casey’s funeral. I felt honored. I told her I would be happy to sing for her.
We set off toward Canton, Mississippi and Casey was focused solely on the ride. While I sat in the cab watching Casey, I thought to myself, “Wow this work is really hard!” I was thoroughly impressed with Casey’s skills. Casey was determined to make it on time! Casey looked over to me and said, “Baby girl, the old girl’s got her dancing slippers on tonight!”
The funeral was upbeat and positive. As I sang “The Ballad of Casey Jones,” hundreds of people in the crowd were tearing up. When the funeral was over, I said my goodbyes to the Jones family. I then boarded my time machine and headed back to the future.
Author’s Note & Bibliography
Fourth Time Warp
Robert The Bruce
While all the stories have been fun to write, this one was extra fun. Casey is American and because of this, I felt like I related to him in a way. I tried to stay true to the facts. There were obviously a lot of details I left out, but the main points were hit. Casey’s real home was in Jackson, Tennessee but for the story I moved him to Memphis, Tennessee. In my original draft, I had Mariah landing in Jackson and then driving to Memphis. Because of space, I didn’t want to leave any questions unanswered about how Mariah got from Jackson to Memphis. I could have done it, but my word count was already over 1000. Also, there were no trucks in 1900, so it would have taken them days to arrive in Memphis. If Mariah knew that Casey was going to die accidentally, don’t you think she would tip him off? Therefore, I wanted to give the appearance that Mariah thought Casey Jones was already a hero, and was retiring as an engineer. What Mariah didn’t know was that she was about to venture off onto his final train ride and that he was retiring in a different manner-by death. I had Mariah sing at Casey’s funeral. I felt it would be the best way to get her typical performance in. Johnny Cash and other artists have actual renditions of “The Ballad of Casey Jones.” There are multiple museums dedicated to and songs written about Casey Jones. The media made him a legend and hero immediately after the accident. A lot of people called Casey Jones a master engineer but he actually had several train engineer violations.
Fourth Time Warp
Author’s Note & Bibliography
Robert The Bruce
Robert The Bruce
There’s a hero If you look inside your heart You don’t have to be afraid Of what you are
So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you finally see the truth That a hero lies in you
There’s an answer If you reach into your soul And the sorrow that you know Will melt away
Oh ho, Lord knows Dreams are hard to follow But don’t let anyone Tear them away, hey yea
And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive
Hold on There will be tomorrow In time, you find the way, hey
So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you’ll finally see the truth That a hero lies in you It’s a long road And you face the world alone No one reaches out a hand For you to hold You can find love If you search within yourself And the emptiness you felt Will disappear And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive
Then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you finally see the truth That a hero lies in you That a hero lies in you Mmm, that a hero lies in you -Sang by Mariah Carey