Power of Myth and Symbol Analytical Essay by Spider

A look at three stories from different cultures , 'The Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from around the world' , a Mexican ghost story entitled 'The Bells' and the rench Canadian folktale called 'The Flying Canoe.'
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This paper examines three stories from different cultures which show the power myths and symbols have in conveying universal ideas. First, the paper gives a plot summary and analysis of 'The Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from around the world' retold by Louise Carus. Then, the paper explores a Mexican ghost story titled 'The Bells' retold by S. E. Schlosser. This is about an evil priest who feared no one, not even God. Next, the paper discusses "The Flying Canoe" which is about third story is about lumberjacks working in a forest, one of whom has a pact with the devil. Finally, the paper considers the universal themes in each story, further illustrating their psychological and religious elements. The paper concludes by stating that the stories are a depiction of today's society taking the reader through the entire life cycle including Jungian individuation and how universal ideas are enveloped within ethnic ideas.


The real St. Nicholas
The Bells
The Flying Canoe
Campbellian Monomythic Form
Bastian's concept and Jungian archetypes

From the Paper:

"The first story is about a brother and a sister and the plot develops as follows. It starts when the children's parents die suddenly leaving the poor children all alone. Their only living relative is an uncle they know little about, but they move in with him anyway. Their uncle was rich and mean.He was angered by the fact that the children were not old enough to work yet. He therefore decided to send the children out in the street to beg. The story goes on to tell how hard the children's life was but on one particular day, a well dressed man came along and gave the children a large silver coin. Unfortunately, all this was taken from them by some older boys and their uncle is angered by the incident. He chases them away and never wants to see them again. The story then tells how they seek refuge in a church at which point the statue of St. Nicholas speaks to them. The saint gives them food and directs them to a small house where an old woman lives. On arrival, the children give her the bread and she lets them in and they realize that..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • S. E. Schlosser. The Flying canoe. Web. American Folklore, 12 Aug. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2011. http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/the_flying_canoe.html
  • Schlosser S. E. The bells. Web. American Folklore, 21 Aug. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2011. http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/the_bells.html
  • Carus, Louis. The Icon's Warm Bread. Web. St. Nicholas center: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus, 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2011. http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/icons-warm-bread/

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