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of Consciousness" that Campbell identifies as the key moment in any narrative. We have used the Lion King and other Disney heroes/heroines in class as examples and the last link on this page illustrates how this works with The Lion King. Find/Trace the PATTERNS in these myths and remember that Myths are Metaphors/Symbols. Myths and dreams come from the same place. "Myths are Public Dreams. Dreams are Private Myths" says Campbell. Myths express the deepest longings and expectations of individuals and the societies in which they live. Remember the central theme of "The Balance of Self and Society." Myths can be seen in the same way that an anthropologist works--as artifacts of culture through art and narrative. Myths combine many elements of the Liberal Arts--Art, History, Literature, Culture, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy, etc. Myths are narratives, with a beginning, middle, and end. Remember to use a scholarly mythic frame such as Campbell's "Monomyth" but don't be robotic or schematic. The Campbell-Moyers transcript--one of the many that I have sent you--is an essential mythic source that can be quoted or referenced. Likewise, with the "Monomyth charts. Be creative and insightful. Relate these myths to your
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own ideology, worldview, values. You can use Pearson-Marr Heroic Archetype Test if you find it appropriate but try to really understand what your results tell you. Don't forget that each archetype has a corresponding shadow side. Often, your own dominant archetype(s) correspond to the protagonists of your chosen myths. Also, remember that, while you are starting with two myths, you may employ others, either in passing or as a means to strengthen your essential argument through other pertinent examples. In the end, DISCOVER something fresh and perhaps surprising and revealing. Be certain to have a unified thesis and an essay that is both coherent and cohesive. This takes work to craft such a comprehensive and demanding essay--DRAFTS! Be persuasive as to your point of view--have a thesis, have a "Take" on your subject matter. Don't procrastinate. Stay in contact with questions, concepts, drafts, etc. Here are some fresh links.
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