Myths According to Joseph Campbell Essay
Joseph Campbell was a mythologist and a writer. He believed that myth was in fact non-fiction and that it played a great role in how it functioned with religion and beliefs. He wrote The Hero’s Journey where he outlined four major components that gave a function to myths. These were that, first myths produce a mystical function, myths also have a cosmological function, myths posses a sociological function, and finally myths have a psychological function according to joseph Campbell.
The mystical function of myth is meant to keep the believer in awe and be able to experience first hand the power of the divine through the story. The stories are meant to engage the listener or reader so that they can relate to an extent beyond their comprehension. This function places the believer in a humble state when the realization of how miniscule they are compared to their “god.” The mystical function unites the believer with the “transcendent reality” to which they originated from. This function is meant to instill a sense of faith to that which cannot be directly seen but