Presenter Information

Nikkita Walker, BYUFollow

Content Category

Literary Criticism

Abstract/Description

Steinbeck’s East of Eden utilizes mythical and Biblical stories to create an allegorical bridge to understanding what he considered the fundamental story of mankind - man's conscious mastery of himself. Joseph Campbell, a literary theorist and contemporary with Steinbeck elaborated on this same concept in 1949 in his work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, wherein he posited that, universally, the story at the heart of mythology is an awareness of the human ability to consciously act. Steinbeck’s East of Eden acts as a contemporary myth through which Steinbeck communicates the eternal myth he considered the “one story in the world”– the journey of man to reach apotheosis and attain self-mastery over his individual and universal identities.

Location

B132 JFSB

Start Date

20-3-2015 8:30 AM

End Date

20-3-2015 10:00 AM

Share

COinS
 
Mar 20th, 8:30 AM Mar 20th, 10:00 AM

Timshel: The Monomyth in East of Eden

B132 JFSB

Steinbeck’s East of Eden utilizes mythical and Biblical stories to create an allegorical bridge to understanding what he considered the fundamental story of mankind - man's conscious mastery of himself. Joseph Campbell, a literary theorist and contemporary with Steinbeck elaborated on this same concept in 1949 in his work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, wherein he posited that, universally, the story at the heart of mythology is an awareness of the human ability to consciously act. Steinbeck’s East of Eden acts as a contemporary myth through which Steinbeck communicates the eternal myth he considered the “one story in the world”– the journey of man to reach apotheosis and attain self-mastery over his individual and universal identities.