Essay Topic 1
What is the difference between a myth and a legend or fairy tale? Cite examples from The World of Myth to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Describe a myth that is alive and being told today, in your culture. What are its metaphorical meanings? What mystery does the myth put you in the presence of? How does it balance abstract and physical or imaginative and real attributes?
Essay Topic 3
Read another book about mythology--even something short, like Karen Armstrong's "A Short History of Myth"--and compare and contrast Leeming's approach to myth to another author's. What are Leeming's main preoccupations, and what are his methods? What is his style for expressing them? What does he tend to include? What does he omit? How can you characterize Leeming's intellectual personality?
Essay Topic 4
Does an interpreter of myth lose any interpretive authority if they...
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