The language of Myths

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What is Myths? Myths are a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people. It is also a belief that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal. For myself, I consider "Myths" is not only an untrue story that contains the miracle and identifies the norm value in particular culture but also reflects the wish and dream of ordinary people. Although people from variety backgrounds have different points of view, they share the same wish and dream, value and beliefs. Therefore we often encounter similarities among myths from different cultures. If we only talk about the myths, they basically have the same meanings or values. If we go into details, however; we will recognize some slight differences among them. This is clearly reflected in "Tam and Cam" and "The Politically correct Cinderella".

In "The Politically Correct Cinderella" by James Finn Garner, we see all pictures, which strongly shows the western culture. Beside that in "Tam and Cam" (VietNam), it demonstrates another aspect of the Eastern culture. In "myths", we can find many distinctive elements, values, beliefs, and norms of culture.

There are many similar beliefs in different cultures. For example, every culture or society emphasizes that people should always live with a good heart. When we treat other well, we receive good things. If we treat other badly, we receive bad things. Both stories are built on the same concept that "good will deserves prize" and " hard working will be paid". Tam and Cinderella have the same situations. Their mothers died and their fathers go on getting married with other women. Their stepmothers and stepsisters treat her very badly and use them as...