Post Modern Myth In John Barth's Chimera

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The present paper concentrates on the portrayal of post modern myth in John Barth’s Chimera. It aims to exhibit how the writer recycled myth in his creation through the reconstruction of this concept, consisting importantly in demythologization, revealing its central ridiculous situation and literary reprocessing. In order to understand the multi facet application of myths in Chimera, the article analyzes the subject from different aspects. Subsequently offering some preliminary remarks concerning the traditional history and meaning of myth, the first part of the article turns on to tracing Barth’s partiality as well as argumentative with distinct philosophical views and literary theories as far as the sort of myth is discussed. The second…show more content…
The word ‘Myth' signifies any story or plot, whether true or false. Most of the myths involve rituals – prescribed forms of sacred ceremonial but social anthropologists disagree as to rituals generated myths or myths generated rituals. if the central character is a man rather than a supernatural being, the story is not called myth but legend. A mythology in which no longer believes in any religion. The word has also explained to signify the supernatural tales which are intentionally used by their authors. Many writers have also stated that fuse mythology, whether heredity or made up is important to literature. jams Joyce's Ulysses, Eliot's The Waste Land, O Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor and Chimera and many other authors have thoughtfully produced their works in the form of ancient myths, Now Myth is one of the most famous terms in contemporary literature, In addition to myth, is firmly imagined place in which a work of art appears in Faulkner's myth of yoknapatawpha country' and ‘the mythical worlds of Moby…show more content…
We could rethink to its Greek origin: myth is the foremost a narrative story since, and then at the consequence of every myth lays a tale. According to Edmund Leach Mythology involves both of the East and the West, mythic stories around Man and Gods and then concentrating on the reciprocal relations between the two worlds.(quoted in Warrick 75). In this context, Mythopoeia is an instrument for grand sense, perception, and interpretation of the surrounding reality. In the minds of artists, myths have known as multiple transformations their literary traditions were changing along with cultural, philosophical, political and social changes. But it was no other span than postmodernism that interchanged myth into a bunch of contradictory definitions. Thus in this regard, myth gained the degree of literal meaning of the fundamental concept of post-modern philosophy. Miserably, it is impossible to find the whole idea of myth related postmodern texts, let alone to show all the dimension of myth portray by postmodern writers in such a creative writing. As a result , it will be confined to defendable the most important of them, John Barth's fiction Chimera(1972) explained by other dignified postmodernists such as Thomas Pynchon, Donald Barthelme or Kurt Vonnegut remarks to mythology can be beheld as a peripheral affection, restructure and revising of
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