The hero, Katniss, follows the stages of the monomyth almost exactly, showing how Campbell’s concept is so accurate when applied to a real story. Katniss’s adventure follows the monomyth template almost exactly, because The Hunger Games is a story about a hero’s character growing and changing in a powerful way. Clearly, Campbell’s conclusion about a “hero with a thousand faces” makes sense, even in the context of modern day
Literature, art, and music have always found ways to transcend the physical barriers and borders humans put up. They influence cultures other than the ones of their origins. Similarities between religions, mythologies, and folk stories have been noted often throughout time by academics and historians. The holy texts of some major religions like The Old Testament and the Quran share many overlapping literary themes and events with older religions and folk tales, like the ancient Sumerian poem; “The Epic of Gilgamesh”. Many examples of overlapping themes is the presence and references to great floods, supernatural influences, otherworldly gardens, and battles between good and evil.
By using these “megatext” references, Ellison creates a connection or community and creates a timelessness in his work. With “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” Harlan Ellison’s use of references to other works of science fiction, political documents, and to popular culture, brings the reader into a community of other readers. The first connection that is made is from Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. This excerpt is included with the intention of using it as the foundation on which to build Everett’s, the Harlequin, world.
Not only in The Great Gatsby, but also, there are countless other books where authors frequently used symbols to refine their masterpieces. In novels, the use of symbols plays an important role, making the story interesting and essential to the readers. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) certainly used symbols for thousands of different objects to convey a stronger message to the readers and to give readers deeper insight into the characters and the background. The four main symbols that were used in the story were the colors, East Egg and West Egg and The Ashes of Valley, The Green Light, and The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, which represent what the author wanted to illustrate to the readers. The symbols help readers to acknowledge and understand the concepts and the mood being expressed through the story.
Artwork is everywhere we look and everywhere we go. Art is considered one of the most influential commodities in this world. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, is considered a piece of influential American art. Paintings and other works of art often times tie in with books. In terms of The Great Gatsby, El Greco, a revolutionary artist, drew a painting of Toledo that connects with the book.
The major reason of the success of The Great Gatsby today is that the book itself has a strong resonance with us at the modern time, the issues being addressed in the book is everlasting. One of the examples is the theme of “Materialism”. From the age of roaring twenties till now, many of us are still being bothered by this specific issue. “PRICH” is what everyone wants. In the book, most of the characters are heavily materialistic, Including; Myrtle, Daisy and Jordan.
There are texts, which are so famous, that almost every western reader ever heard of them. These include for example the biblical stories (Adam and Eve in paradise, the ark of Noah, David and Goliath, etc. ), the Greek myths and some other stories. These texts are a widely used source of inspiration for other writers and poets, especially the themes, such as love, hate and temptation. So does F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel ‘The Great Gatsby.’ He uses themes and elements from other texts and interconnects them in the storyline.
2. Development of Pure Land Buddhism The idea of Pure Land Buddhism was raised in China and then spread to other countries, such as Japan and East Asia. (Wallace 2002, 43) It became famous in these countries but there are variations between the ideas. Take Indian and China as examples, Indian think that there would be separate life after rebirth as their present life may be suffering and the life after death should be happy and not connected to the present life. On the other hand, Chinese take rebirth as the continuation of life before death, which the human relations in the present life are connected to the life in Pure Land.
How Buddhism Influenced Chinese Culture As one of the four great ancient civilizations, China has a very long history and a gorgeous culture. We can not ignore the fact that not only religions and cultures are inseparable, but also can influence each other profoundly, Just like Buddhism and Chinese culture. “The Chinese traditional culture includes three systems of thought: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. The first two are Chinese culture, and Buddhism is a foreign religion from India. For over 2,000 years, Buddhism has interacted with all levels of Chinese culture such as literature, philosophy, morality, arts, architecture and religions.
The legend of the Holy Grail is one that has stood throughout time. From the beginning of history to modern times, it is still a mystery to all. The Holy Grail became popular in medieval literature. Today it appears in books, movies, and songs. Quests for this perplexing object have interested hundreds of believers.