Mythology or myths in the current American society are associated with outdated and insensible tell-tale stories that do not have a place in the modern scientific world. The mythos are viewed as the tales similar to the ancient fairy tales that were relevant based in the manner of the lives at that time. Many of the Americans argue that the myths have no place in the current American societies and clinging to them would be the most stupid thing to do. However, that assertion could be misleading for the myths form a critical part in the formation of the American societies without them consciously noticing. The mythology analysis of the pilgrims George Washington and Santa Claus will be used to test the hypothesis about the functions of the myths in the current American lives.
The article can be said to have been written for the education purpose and to be used in the classroom in teaching mythology. The evidence of the claim can be attained from the beginning of the article that describes the first lesson in mythology. However, with the continuation of the article, it can be noted that the article is suitable for more than learning purposes. To the kids, it would form the best source of amusing and hilarious fairy tales for entertainment. To the ordinary Americans, they would offer the reflection to the certain American practices that have been founded on the mythos without the modern Americans knowing.
The article employs the reading and the response tools to deliver the information to the intended audience. The article uses reflection, flashbacks, and symbolism to map the world of reality and the fiction in the American society. The style employed in the article is an open educative strategy where the author offers information to be scrutinized by the readers. The writer uses demonstrations, likeness, symbolism, and flashback stylistic devices in the article. The choice of the passive voice delivered in the third tone enables the writer to hide his or her position on the subject and eliminates the dominance of the author on the reader.
The article has been successful in identifying the role of the myths in the current American society that go unnoticed to the common American. Although many Americans view myths as outdated and irrelevant stories, they follow the practices depicted in the myths without their being conscious of it. The recognition of the Father Christmas in the Christian celebrations, the marking of the freedom day with turkey meals, and the perception of the true American as not lying forms the basis that indicates the role of the myths to the American societies.
The article has successfully explained the ancient and the current role of the myths in the American societies. Although most Americans think that the myths are outdated and irrelevant, they play a significant role in the practices and the behaviors exhibited in the current society. They form an educative part and offer an insight to the country’s deep-rooted practices such as the American belief, Christianity practices, and the strong inclination of the Americans towards freedom of worship.
Olson, S. D. "Classical Mythology, Day 1: The Pilgrims, George Washington and Santa Claus."
The Classical World 84.4 (1991): 295. Print.