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Myths and symbols

Several writers  ( incl. Marie-Louise von Franz, Joseph Campbell, Luc Bigé) have attempted to show that myths which men invent, beyond cultural differences, have much in common. It seems that they all tell the same story, under an infinite variety of forms. This archetypical story, this “mono-myth” according to Joseph Campbell’s term, can also be regarded as the story of a quest, the quest for oneself. 
Therefore, if we follow this thread, myths are a potentially huge source of learning on what a quest is and on its various aspects.  Analysing myths will link us back to other chapters of this site; thus it will shed light on what we experience in our own quests, even if they are less “magic”.

Beyond ancient mythologies, we will also be interessed here in modern creations (films, novels, theatre plays) which resonate with some aspects of a quest. 

Le temps des cerises (Cherries Season)

December 2012

"Le temps des cerises" (Cherries Season) is a play by Niels Arestrup; it was played at the Théâtre de la Madeleine, in Paris, in 2008. It is a deep and moving exploration of an artistic calling (here painting) and of how it can be experienced. Two characters are coping with it, both with difficulties though in two different ways.

Ratatouille

ratatouille

March 2013

This film offers a rather good illustration of a quest, achieved through action in the world and inspired by a calling. It does it with a depth that cannot necessarily be expected from this kind of production. Here are three complementary ways to look at it, for those who have seen or will see the film. They do not mean that all quests and all callings share the characteristics and consequences that are shown here. However, one can see many echoes with real life.


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