read the pages that are attached about 60 pages in total and write 3 pages paper double spaced i need it within the next 34 hours
this writing assignment asks that you think about the material attached and arrive at a personal definition of mythology.
â€œMyth and Realityâ€ (handout)
â€œMyth, Method, Meaningâ€ (handout)
â€œIntroduction: The Meaning of Mythâ€ (pp. 3-9 in Leeming)
We will take a broad survey of myths from different cultures, but read and analyze them through the lens of Joseph Campbellâ€™s theory of the heroic monomyth.
But, before we can begin to understand Campbellâ€™s perspective, we must first understand our own ideas, prejudices and theories about what constitutes myth and its study. The readings this week are intended to give you an introduction to how scholars explore myth. â€œMyth and Realityâ€ is a joint article written by the faculty of the University of Chicagoâ€™s famed Oriental Institute. This is one of the best articles to understand the serious study of myth as something parallel and foundational to philosophy. â€œMyth, Method, and Meaningâ€ is explication of â€œmythâ€. Finally, David Leeming offers his own perspective on myth in his introduction to our text book. As you read these articles, keep you own perspective about myth in mind and consider how these ideas are the same or different than your own.
You may approach this assignment in two ways:
- How is your idea of myth different or the same as the perspectives presented in the readings? Be clear and specific as you present your ideas by directly responding to the authors.
- In your opinion, how should myth function? In an ideal circumstance, what should myth do? Again, be clear and specific as you present your ideas by directly responding to the authors.