2. Structuralism

According to the structuralists, myth is also a kind of language, with its system of oppositions. Through constructing myths, an attempt is made to mediate between these oppositions by smoothening them and bringing about a reconciliation (if only imaginary). The encoded message conveyed by the myth allows the humans to cope with the existence of tragic and irreconcilable oppositions and contrasts in their lives.


The Northwest Coast Tribes (WORD download)

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Bibliography and texts:

Levi-Strauss, C. "The Story of Asdiwal." In The Structural Study of Myth and Totemism, edited by E. Leach, 1-47. London: Tavistock, 1967.

Videos: Native Americans: People of the Northwest Coast (Rainbow Educational Media, 1994); Jaws (Spielberg, 1970)

Full script of JAWS in Word (hit CANCEL if asked for password); several links for JAWS in Word