Hello all! I am a rising soph. at one of the most prestigious high schools in the country, and it is (sadly?) math and science based. Because of this, I had the idea of creating a club for the demographic of dissatisfied humanities students for discussion of all the disciplines that fall under the aegis of the humanities: literature, politics, history, rhetoric and philosophy (though philosophy is broader in scope than the others).
More to the point, in designing the structure of meetings, I am being careful not to assume that everyone (or, more to the point, anyone) is a true intellectual; while most may have heard of Immanuel Kant or James Joyce by their Junior year, it would laughable to think that more than one or two prospective members are familiar with A Critique of Pure Reason or Ulysses. Therefore, I want to show the fundamental principles through popular culture and pure teaching. Perhaps this is the Romantic in me, but I have come to see pop culture as deeper than most intellectuals realize, and reflective of the values that our society organizes itself around. For example, while I believe I would make little progress if I tried to explain literary existentialism in Crime and Punishment, showing how Bruce Wayne goes through an existential crisis in the Dark Knight Rises might be productive. So basically, I'm looking for ideas about recurring motifs, styles, techniques and archetypes to discuss, preferably with examples in pop literature and cinema.