We narrate the stories from ancient times, which have come down through ages from ancestors. Readers might be happy to be entertained by the most charming fictions and other works connected with mythology. A modern author throws a light on Greek literature to understand the political and religious setup of Greece during olden times. As sacred stories, myths are often endorsed by rulers and priests; and are closely linked to religion or spirituality.
Millenia after their creation, classical mythology continues to intrigue and inspire; Greek and Roman (and even Norse) figures and stories directly appear in the contemporary works of Rick Riordan, Jennifer Estep, Neil Gaiman, and Shelly Laurenston. Additionally, references and allusions to classical mythology frequently are and have been used in unrelated works for emphasis. The enduring strength and power of these myths is due not only to their divine and heroic feats, but also to the connection the audience can form with characters who don’t have happy endings, but suffer as much and often more than ordinary mortals. Thomas Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, devotes an entire chapter of his book to the employment of classical mythology connections as a method of adding depth to a piece. However, he also frequently draws on Greek mythology to illustrate his claims in a variety of chapters, including “Flights of Fancy” and “Never Stand Next to the Hero.” In doing so, Foster by no means is exhaustive as a plethora of classical myths, such as those found in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, may be used both to bolster and qualify Foster’s assertions.
The Adventurous Huckleberry Finn Hailed by (most) critics and language arts teachers alike, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a complex novel with several developed themes. What this book does bring to the table is a controversial literary device. “Backpedaling” which is the idea of deconstructing pre-existing ideas or character developments to highlight another. Full of intentional contradictions, Mark Twain uses his own hypocrisy and puts it into our protagonist, Huck to make him a realistic and, relatable character. This is done in several ways through the novel; It is done in the character’s moral development, within the setting itself with a variety of hypocritical ideologies, and in the oversimplification of characters and plot points.
When creating a story, many great minds will use a pattern to enthrall readers and shape them into a hero. Established by Joseph Campbell, The Hero 's Journey is the iconic template many utilize to plan their imaginative tale. The Hero’s Journey is the cycle in which the protagonist ventures into an unknown world where he or she will go through a series of adventures and learn moral lessons. Heroes in ancient myths such as Homer 's epic poem, The Odyssey follows this formula since the protagonist, Odysseus, faces hardships throughout different regions that ultimately change his once arrogant character. Throughout Homer 's monomyth, Odysseus undergoes challenges that teach him the importance of humility.
Though the years may have passed or the civilizations may have eroded, it is these characters and their extraordinary characteristics that have endured till today. Not only have they persisted, they have been re-popularized in recent years through the 21st Century media. One of the best examples of this can be given through the popular mythological and adventure fiction series by Rick Riordan called Percy Jackson and the Olympians which, through its modern writing, depicts the story of the life of a young Demigod. Though the tale is aimed at a young demographic, throughout the plot and storyline of the series, however, there is an intricate inlay of Greek and Roman myths which, while entertaining to most readers, a scholar of Literature would find most refreshing. These references to the Greek Gods in the modern pentology can also find its roots in Ovid’s Metamorphosis in which we find their Roman counterparts.
By modernizing and localizing myths it remains relevant in the modern times also. They are the building blocks of every culture and are more important than any other kinds of stories because it revolve around the beliefs and activities of a particular culture. Mythical stories are considered as the detailed description of a great incident in the past. Indian mythological stories are told and retold over generations and generations. As these stories exchanged from one generation to another, it develops its own sub-plots and introduced new characters into it.
Existentialism is ubiquitous, it is not just a school thought. Existentialism is a philosophy that enhances the way people envision their own views of reality, the choices humans make, and the results of what they have done. As humanity evolved, various authors dove deep into the pool of literature and composed various novels that opened the eyes of various readers and taught them that their is more to life than what they already know. Existentialism had themes that shattered the glass of readers who thought the world was wonderful and perfect, and opened their eyes to how people are alienated by appearance or actions, witnessed how a certain problem clouded the main character’s mind with fear and anxiety, and the free will of making a choice that could help or harm more than just the main character. Albert Camus and Franz Kafka wrote novels that describe those three themes of existentialism and how they impact the characters they wrote in their stories.
Indian scriptures abound in mythological stories which are reinterpreted and revised numerous times by the contemporary writers because these stories are deeply ingrained in the collective unconscious of Indian society and forms the ideological basis of thinking. The epic of Mahabharata is among the most
What makes the film even more interesting in terms of the plot is that there is a plot twist, where the child psychologist is actually dead. A plot also plays a huge role in the development of the narrative’s characters which causes them to take certain actions affecting the story and the characters themselves (King, 2011). “Story is about originality, not duplication” (McKee, 1997). A problem often presented for creating a new plot is if it is original or
With Stephen King’s many successful works, he has single-handedly changed the way people perceive the horror genre. People do not read King for just entertainment, people read King to face their fears. King writes from his personal experiences which is what makes his horror so thrilling because to a point, his writing is realistic. An article called Criticism of Stephen (Edwin) King states, “If someone in the future wants to see what American life was like, what Americans cared about, what our stories were in the seventies and eighties, they’ll read Stephen King” (2003). The article even claims that in 50 years Stephen King will be regarded as “the dominant literary figure of the time” (2003).