I remember reading about Joseph Campbell's description of the Hero's Journey years ago, and think it's interesting to notice how this repeating structure can occur in different stories and in mythology.
I started thinking about this because many of the movies I've watched lately seem to have rather similar, simplistic plots, something disastrous to overcome, and then use CGI special effects to pull it all together.
Like the movie Pompeii, it made me think of Romeo and Juliet, and the movie Titanic.
Thanks all, for the cool links and book recommendations.
I find this subject extremely fascinating because story and myth seems like a reflection of living human nature put into a structured form.
I'm not sure we can say the living mind has the ability to contain any certainty in awareness of its own past, present, and future. Instead we tend to live in the moment, use the past as a guide and plan for the future, but the future is not certain.
We can't tell our own complete story because we are still living it.
But through oral, written, movie, myth, and story, we can have a window into a complete tale of someone else, fictional, supernatural, or real, and use the knowledge that it provides us to provide our minds with something certain with regards to the idea of past, present, and future, because a story is something that does not change.
I think we may be able to discover what the human mind is most uncertain about, by studying what types of movie, myth, and story, seems to be of the most interest at a point in history.
Years ago, my son begged to watch professional wrestling (WWF) because all his friends did. I let him, but watched with him to keep an eye on things. I was surprised to discover that there are overarching story arcs and they're classic mythology plots. I thought it was all quite fascinating.