Myth and Everyday Life
This chapter deals with myth and its role in our everyday lives. It defines myth and offers a “myth model” which suggests how myth informs many different aspects of our lives, even though we are not aware that this is the case. It discusses the work of Mircea Eliade on myth and takes two myths—the myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and of Oedipus—and shows how they are reflected in psychoanalytic theory, history, elite art forms, popular culture, and everyday life. It suggests that Sisyphus is the paradigmatic mythic hero of everyday life.