The Power of Myth Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. On what is "The Power of Myth" based?

"The Power of Myth" is based on the interviews between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers that became a famous television series.

2. What previously published books influenced this text?

Campbell's previously published books, "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" and "The Masks of God" influenced this text.

3. How does Campbell define the function of mythology?

Campbell defines the function of a mythology as the provision of a cultural framework for a society or people to educate their young, and to provide them with a means of coping with their passage through the different stages of life from birth to death.

4. What happens when different cultures expand their spheres of influence and come into contact with each other?

When different cultures expand their spheres of influence, they eventually come into contact with each other, and the outcome of the collision, be it conquest, subjugation, or amalgamation, will be evident in the resultant mythology.

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