Before the written word
tales, fables, legends and
myths were passed on
orally by word of mouth from
This is known as the
Most fairytales, or
narratives, have purpose.
"Stories have their own life
Stories that were
once true and potent grow
old and infirm.
This is happening to
the great myths of
Two related stories have built the world we
Both are nearing their end.
The first of these
world-creating stories is the Story
Humanity has risen from
a state of nature,
a state of scientific ignorance
and technological impotence, to becoming
nature's lords and masters.
We have harnessed natural
forces, penetrated the
mysteries of the universe, overcome
natural limitations with
The story claims
complete subjugation of nature
thanks to nanotechnology,
The second defining story of Western civilization is
our Story of
discrete and separate beings living in an objective universe.
people today greet the Story of
Ascent with the same near-universal fervor of, say, the 1950s, as all the
promises of technotopia (the end
of disease, unlimited
energy, a leisure society,
fade into legend.
Descent, the new
paradigm, ushers in new realization of
connectedness, of interdependency, and the end of the story of the
discrete and separate self.
The independent, unencumbered man of reason no longer beckons as an
ideal: we crave community,
Modern human experience is built upon
Individual personal narrative is just
another narrative in a world in which each person carries a unique narrative
of their journey through the world.
a distortion of
that which is mapped,
through the creative play
of story-telling has come to enslave us without
the storyteller's moral
The lack of a
life sustaining global narrative is telling and troublesome.
read a novel for
pleasure is to take an interest in a closed fictional reality which
models the kind of life a reader
might or might not find on that path.
Seven basic plots tell the human tale.All revolve around the Journey to
Tales have been historically told to relate experience to
those without it.
hero, on behalf of a community, sets
out to slay Malevolence.
Malevolence personifies the dark power of the
Rags to RichesSelfish figures
overshadow the disregarded
The hero is eventually revealed as a miracle worker in the
The hero struggles to reach a far off
In the end
the power of darkness is overcome,
treasure is secured and the kingdom
Journey and Return
The hero drops out
of a familiar world into dystopia.
Its strangeness, at first
exhilarating, gradually turns to nightmare until,
in a final thrilling
escape, the hero return to where he began.
this is confusion remaining
Misunderstanding is resolved as
darkness gives way to
A hero initially enjoys dreamlike success but
dream turns into
nightmare through the dark
power of the ego.
A hero is imprisoned by a
egotistical power in a
state of Zombism,
similar to the living death that
all who strive endlessly for
Eventually the hero is liberated by
a redeeming figure, to end
yet again on an
light triumphing over
and love over
Understanding the function of each of these plots is
the gateway to unraveling the mystery of how stories work, and why
we tell them.
patterns shape an instinctive drive to create and walk one of the seven
basic narratives of Overcoming
Malevolence, Rags to
Riches, the Quest,
Voyage and Return,
ending that resonates with all humankind
is the archetypical image of a man and
a woman together triumphing over darkness
"There is intrinsic value in our myths, and if our
children studied them earnestly, they would see elements common to all myths
They would learn that the
Babylonians had many
creation myths and that the most famous one was not about
Marduk but about a
garden, the First Garden:
the Judeo-Christian biblical creation myth has its roots in Babylonian myth."-
Legend is defined as:
A popular cultural narrative
accepted as history.
Narrative illustrating cultural
ideals and worldview.
A traditional cultural
narrative explaining aspects of the symbiotic relation by
delineating the psychology,
traditional customs and
ideals of a culture through
descended gods and
larger than life heroes
that serve as archetypes in the worldview of
the social cultural
legenda story about human
narrative of romanticized mythical events
narrative not verified by historical
Legend suggests there
was a queen named Scheherazade who had been captured and sentenced to death by
the Sultan Schahriah of Arabia.
In order to save her life she told him
tales of intrigue and adventure, stopping at the most exciting part, to be
continued the next eve if she lived
The legend states that after
1,001 nights, the Sultan granted her freedom.
These fables included
'Sinbad the Sailor', 'Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves', 'The Barber's story of his First
Brother', 'The story of
the Husband and the Parrot' and 'Aladdin and the Magic
Legend comes from the Latin adjective legenda, "for reading,
to be read," which referred to written narratives, not to
traditions transmitted orally.
Since the 15th century legend includes
We now speak of the
a deliberately improbable
a tale of
tale told to excite wonder;
an imaginative tale, intended to
instruct and amuse;
short mythical narrative of supernatural events;
a short moral tale (often with animal
short moral narrative making a cautionary or
series of events, forming the subject of an epic poem;
a fictitious narration often
employing animal characters that speak and act like humans intended to
enforce some useful truth or
Aesop was a
storyteller and philosopher who lived in
Greece in 300 BC.
His fables feature animals as main characters, facing
situations humans face.
Aesop's fables relate how emotional situations
can be faced and overcome.
Dealing with emotions such as
lying they were designed for
the enlightenment and amusement of children and rulers.
with a central theme;
a rumor or piece of gossip,
often malicious or untrue;
a narrative that relates the details of
a series of events or incidents;
tale for children using fantastic accounts to create desired
Hans Christian Anderson, who lived in Denmark in the 19th
century, as a child was considered ugly and had very few friends so he
read quite a bit.
When his father died at Hans moved to Copenhagen at 14 to become an
At the age of 30, he began writing down the tales he had been
compiling and relating to
children across the countryside to pay for his travels.
tales, such as "The Princess and the Pea", "The Emperor's New Clothes"
and "The Ugly Duckling" became treasured classical moral fables.
and Wilhelm Grimm traveled around the country and gathered tales from the local
inhabitants and became famous upon the publication.
Included in their
collection of stories are "The Wolf and
the Fox", "Hansel and Gretel"and "Snow White and the
parableA short fictitious narrative
illustrating a moral or religious lesson.
A short allegorical story
designed to illustrate or teach some a moral lesson.
A tale that
conveys meaning indirectly through
through parables has been in use from before recorded
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