Toula

Toula

Clinical Psychologist, Jungian Psychotherpist and Creative Arts Doctoral Student. Researching mythic/heroic YA fantasy fiction to help improve youth mental health.

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Myth and Modernism

Consider how mythology-based stories that articulate the hero’s journey are presented in classical literature. Compare and contrast this with present day literary genres and how older and more modern texts can impact upon a person’s everyday life. Some contemporary examples could include: The Lord of the Rings; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Harry Potter; and His Dark Materials.

  • I think a great example of this is Shakespeare's The Tempest. The story of the island that Prospero has brought Miranda and shipwrecked his enemies, contains many modern tropes. Jealousy, betrayal, romance, etc. There are themes of colonialism, and also ones of man vs nature (similar to Tolkien's work). As far as modernism, it was a response to the enlightenment and Romanticism. As a response to those things, it focused on freedom of the individual. I would suggest that anyone writing on this topic, go and read Kant's "Critique of the Power of Judgement", Plato's The Republic and read a romantic novel such as Pride and Prejudice. Then take modern works and see how they could be a response to some of these works. – Richard Krauss 3 months ago
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  • Modernism and Myth do go hand in hand with a strong portion of creative mediums such as: Art; Literature; Film; etc. Another good example would be the bible, as many stories have derived from it. – SerWilde 3 months ago
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  • I love the general concept of this idea! – Sarah 3 months ago
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Latest Comments

Toula

Thankyou everyone for your comments. Yes there was a strong anti-religious undertone, and yes the movie was somewhat poor and flawed, but this was not the focus of my article. I simply used Pullman’s book as an example of how mental health, justice and conflict messages can be reframed and illuminated through a Young Adult fantasy fiction text, grounded in myth and legend – and that which articulates the hero’s journey. There are numerous other examples that could also be used, like the Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Narnia series etc. 😄

His Dark Materials: Conflict, Justice and Mental Health
Toula

True Om. Cake – the movie was not an accurate representation of the complexity of the book trilogy. Thankyou everyone for your comments.

His Dark Materials: Conflict, Justice and Mental Health
Toula

Well written and well researched article. A pleasure to read – particularly the comparison between Beowulf and Aragorn; as well as the dragon Smaug and the dragon in Beowulf. Well done!

The Origins of Middle-Earth: Gods, Poems, and Dragons
Toula

The benefits of rereading, in my opinion, far outweigh the drawbacks. This is particularly in relation to using novels and other reading material for self-study and reflection

Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading
Toula

Like the happenings in Plato’s parable of the cave, in which shadows are the person’s ‘reality’, supernatural forces such as aliens or demons are grounded in a fantasy world that articulates the real world. As such, superhero films will continue to endure as they not only tell us something about the world in which we live, but more importantly, about our own place within it.

Super Heroes films as Genre Films
Toula

Congratulations on a well-written article. The hero’s main feat, whether it be Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins, is to overcome the monster of darkness: the long-hoped-for and expected triumph of the conscious over the unconscious. An unconscious drama seen in projection – with which we can all relate. Luke, Harry and Frodo lead the way.

Mythological Motifs in Mainstream Media
Toula

The hero archetype will always continue. An archetypal motif based on overcoming obstacles and achieving goals, albeit however outlandish, continues to resonate in popular culture. Ultimately, what this means is that whether it is Barry Allen, Batman or any other heroic figure, the main feat: to overcome the monster of darkness, will always continue – regardless of the ‘silliness’ of the show. I for one love the exaggerated archetypes revealed in The Flash and so do countless new generations of fans. Besides, don’t we all need a little ‘boundless enthusiasm’ in our perhaps otherwise dreary lives?

"The Flash" as the Modern Equivalent of 1960's "Batman"