A word is never just a word. A sentence is never just a sentence.

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"Myth is a body of a story that matters (Foster 65)."

(So now you're thinking, wow. Way to pick the sentence in bold faced print, Steph)

I chose this quote for several reasons.  One, I think its beautiful poetry.  It is almost like saying everything has a deeper meaning behind it. Everything has its own fairy tale that it wants to live out, and every detail, every character, every breath, is what makes that story its own. 

Second, I think that myths and folk lore add such an interesting twist to a more modern day story.  Well, modern in the sense that it wasn't when the Greek God's were at war and so on and so fourth.  Myth is one of the reasons that I actually decided to go into English Literature and Art History.  It emcompasses them both.  In literature, we see folk lore through similiarites of characters, through battles/ wars, though plot, setting and time, etc.  Sometimes it is written for us in black and white, and other times we have to search for it.  It's almost like the ongoing battle of symbolism verses allegory.  An allegory, as Foster states, is when a symbol can be reduced to just one thing.  It's that cut and dry, black and white type of fixture. Symbolism, on the other hand, is open to interpretation.  It's what works for you.  That's kind of what a myth is.

In art history, we see a painting done by Artemisia Gentileschi called Judith Slaying Holofernes.  This is a biblical myth in which Judith sneaks into Holofernes tent and decapitates him.  Is it straight to the point?  Yes, I would have to say so.  But it also gives out that need to want to know  WHY.  I belive that is the point to myths, and why a lot of writers go back to them.  They leave the reader wanting to know that correlation between the two.  What was so special about this myth that the author felt the need to relate his character to it?  What is the real story behind the piece of literature/ art?  Myths add that sense of curiousity to the story, which therefore keeps the reader asking why.

 

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