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I have to write a 350 to 700-word essay describing my current understanding of myth. But I also must include below:

1. Are there any particular cultures that you associate with the notion of myth?
2. Can you identify any myths with which you are familiar?
3. Do you believe that myth and mythology has had any effect on your personal or professional life?

I am not the best writer and need help on this.

I know that Myths are stories passed down through oral, written or pictorial history that answer questions a culture or society has about phenomenon they cannot explain otherwise. All cultures reach a point in development where they are able to think beyond routine survival, at which point they begin to question the meaning of the world around them. Myths about creation, such as the Native American belief that the world is carried on the back of a great turtle, answer one of the greatest questions of existence for that particular culture. The Greeks observed the rising and setting of the sun and developed the story of Apollo driving his fiery chariot across the sky to explain the phenomenon. I need help on this paper because I do not think I am seeing the whole picture yet.

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Dear Student,

Your understanding of myths are actually spot on in terms of generality. I think you are already in the right direction. I couldn't have defined it any better. The thing that we now need to do is to write that short essay encompassing what you know while answering the questions posed. I will attempt to write a sample essay for you to help you in this particular academic problem and input what you have written so far. Use this as your sample.

Defining Mythology

Myths, legends, folklore, tales - they are products of oral & written social traditions that trace back the history and experience of a people as they make sense of the world and their realities through the ages. In every tall story filled with magic and extra ordinary characters, there is always a grain of truth, an explanation and a glimpse of the world that was back then at the time of the conception of the myth and the legend. Myths and folktales are very particular - the Chinese have their dragons, the Filipinos their bamboo Gods, the Thai their Nagas, the Arabs their Genies, the British their Arthurian Legends, the Greeks their Pantheon of Gods.

Myths are stories passed down through oral, written or pictorial history that answer questions a culture or society has about a particular phenomenon they cannot explain otherwise. All cultures reach a point in development where they are able to think beyond routine survival, at which point they begin to question the meaning of the world around them, reaching for the divine as they ...

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(1) Begin with a thesis statement like, "Most people believe X but the truth is Y."
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(3) Suggest 2 points that seem to contradict your thesis statement. Defuse these arguments.
(4) Come up with a strong, powerful conclusion. Send readers away feeling satisfied.
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