August 24- The Nature of Myth

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August 24, 2007 The Nature of Myth What are the distinguishing characteristics of a myth? Purpose -explanations or rationales for natural phenomena, political communities, social and religious practices -exploration of important concerns: nature of the world and its relationships to human beings; relationships between people, family and community; political and social identity What makes something a myth? Myths, as presented in ancient evidence, rarely have a simple message. According to OED, myths provide explanation or rationales for natural phenomena, political communities, social and religious practices Can we clearly differentiate myths from other types of stories? Setting: -undefined place and time -fantastic place and time - historical place and time Characters: - gods -fantastic beings - heroic people -ordinary people Is the story of Frankenstein a modern myth?’ Traditional? -Anonymous? No, originally by Mary Shelley (1818) -Variable? Yes, for example, movie directed by James Whale (1931) -Handed down over several generations? Yes Purpose?
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-Aetiology? No
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