Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Myth vs. Truth

Myth is just the way people try to explain things they're uncertain of. Like when there was terrible thunder and lightning the people said it was mighty Zeus, god of lightning showing his wrath. Here are some other examples: When there were hurricanes or tsunamis they thought it was Poseidon when he was angry. They also thought that the strongest of the titans, Atlas, held the world on his shoulders. But in fact the earth is revolving in space. Last of all, the people believed that the giant whirlpool was caused by the deadly sea monster, Charybdis (cur-rib-dis), whirling the water and seizing in everything that got too close. As you can see, when people didn't understand the science of things, they would simply personify, or put human characteristics in their own stories, to explain things around them they couldn't understand. And when science progressed, the people realized their myths were simply forces of nature at work.

2 comments:

janice fenimore September 23, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

good writing, Song. You didn't have any help, did you?

Mrs. Rhodes September 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

Song, I love this! Very good points. You were very thoughtful in your writing.

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