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AP English-Chapter 9: It's Greek to Me.
Transcript of AP English-Chapter 9: It's Greek to Me.
Folk or Fairy Tale Myths? Myth in general is a story, the ability of a story to explain in ways that physics, philosophy, mathematics, and chemistry cannot. A myth is a body of story that matters. What We Mean in Speaking of "Myth?" Greek and Roman myths are so much a part of the fabric of our consciousness, of our unconscious, that we scarcely notice. For example: The Odyssey and The Iliad (the movie Troy) are all a part of Greek and Roman Mythology. Greek and Roman Myths? The Iliad is mistaken for the story of the Trojan War. It is the story of the wrath of Achilles. Achilles becomes angry with his leader, Agamemnon, withdraws his support from the Greeks. Achilles turns his wrath against the Trojan's greatest hero, Hector. His reason for anger? Hector's brother Paris ran away with Helen, the wife of one of the Greek leaders. No Helen, no judgement of Paris, no Trojan horse. This is a story of a man who goes berserk, because his wife had been stolen and ran away with a Trojan. That is how Hector winds up carrying the hopes for salvation of all Troy on his shoulders. The Iliad (Troy) The need to protect one's family: Hector. The need to maintain one's dignity: Achilles. The determination to remain faithful and to have faith: Penelope. The struggle to return home: Odysseus. The four struggles: with nature, with divine, with other humans, and with ourselves. What is there against which we need to prove ourselves but those four things? Homer's Four Great Struggles of
Being Human? "This recognition makes our experience of literature richer, deeper, more meaningful, so that our modern stories also matter, also share in the power of myth."
- Thomas C. Foster Mythology?