Essay on Mythology: Past and Present

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Depending on who you ask to define myth, most times you will get something like, “Stories about fictitious Gods or people that were written a long time ago”. As common an answer as this may be, the real definition states that myth is, “a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.” What most people miss with the concept of a myth is the fact that these people were speaking these stories to their family and friends not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a way of explaining things that they did not have an …show more content…
Grover was not only a big threat to Ralph and his family, but he was a “trickster”, another common tool used by writers of myth. Grover used his mind to not only trick Ralph, but he tricked his wife Helen, too. He basically moved in with them and whenever Ralph was working on adjusting their income, he was in another room flirting with Helen. It was striking to me that her name was Helen and she was wrapped in an affair because in Greek Mythology, Menelaus’ wife Helen committed adultery with Paris of Troy, and this is what led to the Trojan War. Had Helen chosen to leave Ralph for Grover, one can only surmise what Ralph would have done, and how it would have torn his family and life apart into irreparable pieces. The magic of reading this book is being able to relate it to stories that were told thousands of years ago, and while the dust from their bones is long gone, their words still ring true. Another great example of how myth is apparent in today’s literature is illustrated in “A Raisin in the Sun”. This story shares a lot of elements with not only mythology, but also “Typical American”. This story is about a black man named Walter who works as a Chauffeur but has visions of investing his Father’s life insurance money into a liquor store with Willy Harris. The main conflict of this story is Walter

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