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ENH251 World Mythology: Lesson 1 Assignments 1 & 2
Due 3/30/2013

Assignment 1

Read the foreword in your textbook on pages 8 and 9. Then, answer the following questions, using three or four sentences.

a. As you begin this course, you undoubtedly have an idea of what a “myth” is. Your textbook’s editor, however, tells you that in Campbell’s view, “Any good story . . . can teach us something, but only certain beguiling visions, stories with the power to shape and control our lives, can inspire and, far too often, destroy us.” These “potent timeless tales” are the only ones he would consider true myths. What about these stories do you think would make them potent? What would make them timeless?--Answer below:
What makes these stories potent are the lives these people had. Their journeys through trials, love, and adversity that brought them closer to the true understanding of themselves and the world around them. What makes these stories timeless is how they were told and how the characters were portrayed. They stir up something in us that give us a glimpse into ourselves and makes us want to share these stories fro generations to come.b. Campbell also said that, “Every myth . . . is symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.” How would you define the difference between reading something literally as opposed to reading it as a metaphor? Then, as an example, explain the following sentence first literally and then metaphorically: As he spoke, he assaulted the crowd, stinging their ears and piercing their hearts. --Answer below:

Reading something literally would be to take a story for its complete face value; everything read happened precisely the way it was told. Reading a story as a metaphor is to take the hidden meanings from the story that are there to be interpreted and used on the individual basis. For…...

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