• 1. Water = Man's need for order

    Man needs water to survive. It is actually the most important physical need we have. I chose water to represent man's need for order because the need to categorize is vital to our mental health in the same way water is essential to our physical health. All myths begin with man's need to make sense of the world around him.

    The first step in making coffee is pouring water into the reservoir and letting it heat up. The catalyst in creating a myth is man's quest for answers. Over time, as this need for answers intensified (e.g. heated up), stories began to form.

    *Remember to add specific concrete detail from your essays and class texts to support your answers.
  • 2. Coffee Grounds = Man's ability to see patterns in the physical world

    Coffee grounds are brown and earthy smelling. They remind me of dirt, so I use them to represent man's ability to see patterns in his physical world. Early man witnessed the sun rising and falling, the turning of the seasons, the cycle of life and death. Over a long period of time, his ability to see such patterns and his need for order combined, and created myths, stories that seek to give answers to life's greatest mysteries. It is the union of two intense forces that slowly create these stories, so the process of making coffee represents myth-making well.

    *Remember to add specific concrete detail from your essays and class texts to support your answers.
  • 4. Archetypes = different flavors of coffee

    Literally thousands of coffee flavors exist. Each person has a personal favorite, but we all recognize the nuances to flavor a cup of coffee.
    Archetypes are patterns that are repeated across time and across cultures, and an interesting way to appreciate and understand myths is to consider the archetypes they contain. A quest or petulant gods are patterns in stories that repeat over and over again, within cultures that had no contact with one another. Why, then, do such repetitions exist? Archetypes seem to tap into primal, basic factors that exist in all humans. Just as various flavor combinations appeal to different people, various archetypes resonate with different audiences.

    *Remember to add specific concrete detail from your essays and class texts to support your answers.
  • Power switch = human imagination

    It is man's imagination that sparks any story we tell. Without an ability to create and think from nothing, myths would never exist.
  • 3. Coffee = Myths

    Just as coffee is a wildly popular, mass-produced beverage that is enjoyed by generations all across the globe, myths are mass produced products that are dictated by the demand of the consumer. The myths that survive are satisfying in a way that resonates with many different people. If a myth isn't interesting, valuable, haunting, or unique...it won't survive. It must be a balanced, "flavored" story that appeals to a great number of people. In the same way that coffee has gained its popularity by being a predictable product that can be modified in seemingly endless ways, so to are myths. These stories contain basic patterns (see point #4 regarding archetypes) but within this structure is an almost infinite number of combinations, so they can be repackaged according to the public's taste.

    *Remember to add specific concrete detail from your essays and class texts to support your answers.
  • 5. Power switch = human imagination

    It is man's imagination that sparks any story we tell. Without an ability to create and think from nothing, myths would never exist.

Why do we have myths? (Neal's symbolic)

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  1. rb54neal 54 months ago | reply

    Why do myths exist? A coffee maker can provide the answer!

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