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The Story of Myth: Its Evolution into Our Modern Tales

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The Story of Myth: Its Evolution into Our Modern Tales Myth Masters Looking at the Reinvention of Myth Today Let's Look at Another Example The Modern Prometheus Revisited Some Famous Modern Myth Masters Include: A Closer Look at Tolkien Who is a Myth Master? How Myth is defined A Little Complication from Freud and Jung Joseph Campbell Defining Myth According to Merriam Webster Dictionary: Mythology Scholar and Premiere Expert on all things Myth Freud JRR Tolkien
JK Rowling
Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett
James Joyce
Terry Gilliam
JJ Abrams Influences Include: On July 24th, 1938, in a Letter from Tolkien to C.A. Furth of Allen and Unwin, Tolkien wrote on the influence of Beowulf in The Hobbit: The Greek Origin "A usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon" And... A popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; especially : one embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society. What is Myth? Who Creates Myth? How Can We
Identify Myth in Modern Stories A Myth Master is a creator of a body of work (written, filmic,etc.) which they have completely imagined, or World Mythos that they have borrowed from, to create a world from the ground up. China Miéville
James Cameron
Eric Kripke
Russell T. Davies
Steven Moffat
The Wachowskis
Steven Lisberger Works Used for the Presentation Birzer, Bradley J. "Myth and Sub-Creation." J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth. [Wilmington, Del.]: ISI, 2002. 33-36. Print. Campbell, Joseph, and Bill D. Moyers. The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday, 1988. Print. Dabezies, André. "From Primitive Myths to Literary Myths." Companion to Literary Myths: Heroes and Archetypes. Ed. Pierre Brunel. London: Routledge, 1992. 960-67. Print. Gould, Eric. "Chapter 1: On the Essentials of Myth." Mythical Intentions in Modern Literature. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1981. 15-87. Print. Hyles, Vernon R. "Campbell and the Inklings—Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams." Uses of Comparative Mythology: Essays on the Work of Joseph Campbell. Ed. Kenneth L. Golden. New York: Garland Pub., 1992. 211-22. Print. Purtill, Richard L. J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984. Print. Trousson, Raymond. "Prometheus." Companion to Literary Myths: Heroes and Archetypes. Ed. Pierre Brunel. London: Routledge, 1992. 968-81. Print. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
...Pretty much anything by Joseph Campbell

The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1) by C. G. Jung and R.F.C. Hull Recommended Further Reading On Myth For Writers or Those Looking to Create Myth Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook
The Key: How To Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by James N. Frey -> Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -> JJ Abram's Person of Interest What other writers, filmmakers or artists, would you consider to be Myth Masters? Ancient man was in direct contact with myth, so psychology as understood today simply was not needed; modern man, though, needs this tool to reinvent or to recreate myth in something like its original form
There truly are no new Myths, only new twists to the established narratives, of which most societies share similar stories. Jung Employed the notion of archetypes
Best way to define and interpret Myth
Archetypes are the multifaceted reflection of the self Old English, Norse, Finnish, European, Sumerian, Greek, Roman, Catholicism. Tolkien's Use of Beowulf "Beowulf is among my most valued sources; though it was not consciously present to the mind in the process of writing, in which the episode of the theft arose naturally (and almost inevitably) from the circumstances” (Letters 31) Thank You for Listening Please Let Me Know if You Have Any Questions or Would like to know more about the Study of Myth You Can Follow Me on Twitter @KaelyMullins Putting What We Now Know
Into Practice While You Watch it Keep the Following Questions in Mind: What Does this Clip Tell Us About the World that it takes place in?
What do we understand of this world's people? What about its creatures?
What Myths Can You Identify from This? Keep the Questions you asked Yourself about The Hobbit Film Clip in your mind while You Watch this Clip from the TV Series Person of Interest... Who was Joseph Campbell? An American Mythologist whose works focused on the Similarities of World Myths (Comparative Mythology) and Religions (Comparative Religion).
He elevated the term of Monomyth to encompass 'The Hero's Journey,' for which he is best known. Some Key Points that Campbell Made Include: But how do those who study Myth (Mythologists), such as Campbell, Freud and Jung, Define Myth? "Follow Your Bliss" - Joseph Campbell In his book, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Campbell defines the Hero's Journey as:
"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man." Like Jung, Freud believed that the study of Myth, through psychoanalysis, was the best way to interpret the lessons that Myths provide us.
He believed that Myth is “stemming from the unconscious with analysis moving them to the conscious level” (Hyles 212). Background British University Professor
Linguist and Mythologist
He is Best known for his creative endeavors:
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
The Silmarillion
And his direct reimagining of Myths such as: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Presentation By: Kaely Mullins
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