Tuesday, January 21, 2014

cleansing of oneself

           In the article “Creating the Myth” by Linda Seger it talks about what myths are and what makes a myth. She briefly discusses the "Hero Myth" which consists of ten things that identify a hero in a story. Seger goes on to talk about the "Healing Myth", "Combination Myths”, “Archetypes", and "'Mythic' Problems and Solutions". All of the components that Seger describes give a small image of what a hero is and the significance that the hero has on the story. 
            In the article it talks about the healing myth which can be connected to the novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. A healing myth is a universal experience where you have a psychological need for rejuvenation and balance in your life. When speaking of being broken and in need of cleansing of oneself there are several ideas connecting with the category. It can either be a physical, emotional or a psychological thing or rather can be all in one combo.   

            In the book “A Christmas Carol” it is about how Seven years after the death of his business partner Jacob Marley, a miserable old man named Ebenezer Scrooge hates happiness, love, family, generosity, and Christmas. At the night of Christmas Eve, Scrooge's former partner  Marley visits him in the form of a ghost. Marley's spirit has been wandering since he died as punishment for being consumed with business and not with people while alive. He has come to warn Scrooge and perhaps save him from the same fate. He tells him Three Spirits will come to him over the next three nights. Each night there is a different ghost, one was past, the other present, and the last was future. All combined after having experienced those three nights with each ghosts, scrooge learns that he must alter his way of life or shall I say rejuvenate himself. The healing myth is a connection because When visiting places with the ghosts Mr. Scrooge sees how he had a loss of love for others, how he was not so connected to family when they tried putting themselves out there for him and got nothing in return, he was greedy with everyone when it came to money, and he avoided anything to do with Christmas as well bringing him to the conclusion that something must be done about the whole situation. 


  1. Your summary of Seger's a little short, but I think you're right about Scrooge being a healing myth. But why did you summarize the novel?

  2. I summarized the novel to show the connection with healing myth.