Mythologies - Section 2, Part 8 Summary & Analysis

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Section 2, Part 8 Summary and Analysis

"Necessity and Limits of Mythology" The author begins this concluding section of his essay with a commentary on the nature and experience of mythologists, those who examine and understand myths (referring, it seems, and at least to some degree, to himself). He suggests first that "mythology is certain to participate in the making of the world," adding that "mythology harmonizes with the world, not as it is, but as it wants to create itself." He then goes on to write that that mythologists, by the very nature of what they do (examine and understand myths, their meaning and purpose) exist outside of both the meaning and purpose of myths, as well as outside the experience of the general, unenlightened humanity myths are clearly intended to affect. He presents the theory that mythologists are ultimately responsible for the destruction of...

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