Analysis of Human Suffering in World Mythology

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Essay #: 061811
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Analysis of Human Suffering in World Mythology
This essay will analyze the representation of human suffering and hardships in three different myths. The chosen myths are “The Tale of
Sinuhe
” from ancient Egypt, “
Jimmu
, the First Emperor” from Japanese ancient mythology and the story of King Oedipus of Thebes from ancient Greece. The analysis reveals that, despite the differences in cultural backgrounds against which the myths have been created, there are significant similarities among the stories. The heroes of these myths are more often experiencing internal suffering (within themselves) rather than physical or outer suffering. Many conflicts and obstacles they encounter can be interpreted in terms of this internal struggle. The...
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..... stories reveal a lot about the values and beliefs of their respective cultures (like the above mentioned value of knowledge in ancient Greece). Even though they might be born in different cultures, at different times, myths in general share some common characteristics, outlined in Campbell’s analysis.
Works Cited:
Parkinson, R.B. The Tale of
Sinuhe
and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 BC. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print.
Littleton, C. Scott. Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Storytelling. London: Duncan Baird Publishers, 2002. Print.
Thury
, Eva M., and Margaret K. Devine. Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.