Mythologies - Section 2, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Section 2, Part 2 Summary and Analysis

"Myth as a Semiological System" The author makes two important points about what he calls the science of "semiology" (defined on a cover note as "the science of signs and symbols, and their role in culture and society). The first is that at the time of writing, it doesn't officially exist, except in theory. The second is that it "studies significations apart from their content." In other words, it might be described as the science of connotation, of what images mean. The author suggests that myth can be categorized as part of this particular science (rather than, for example, a spiritual and/or literary phenomenon) since semiology, for him, suggests "a relation between two terms, a signifier and a signified," an object and the meaning suggested by that object—which he then states is what myth is. He...

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