I found the last chapter we studied, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, to be really interesting as incorporated a more modern approach to the meaning of the myths. At the time when the myths were created, they would have served a form of social function and were reflective of the society. It was very interesting to read about how the different psychologist studied these myths and established what they believed the deeper social meaning of them was. By relating them to their own theories such as Freud and his obsession with the hero’s connection to his mother, we can see how he was relating his modern ideals to the myths reflective of ancient societies.
I also found it interesting to read about how the different interpretations of mythology conflicted with one another. While some believed the focus was on the father, others believed it was one the mother. When applying these different ideas it is very interesting to see how both can often be applied to the myth itself, depending upon which myth is being studied.