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Myths and their Meanings
This paper answers several questions on culture and myth.
# 143231 | 2,000 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Literature (World)

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The paper provides answers to four essay questions about myths like the "Epic of Gilgamesh", "The Cree Creation" story, the "Odyssey" and more. Using structuralist theory and Joseph Cambell's "A Hero with a Thousand Faces", the paper attempts to answer important questions about culture and myth.

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"The ancient Mesopotamian poem, "The Epic of Gilgamesh", is an extensive example of Joseph Campbell's "monomyth," explained in the seminal "A Hero with a Thousand Faces". The "monomyth" itself refers to a mythological formula that can be applied to myths and narratives throughout history. It transcends geography and time, and has seventeen stages. They are lumped into three primary stages: the departure (or, the separation), the initiation and the return. This these three elements are, according to Campbell, the "nuclear unit of the monomyth (30)." The Epic of Gilgamesh..."

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