There are many different versions of myth, making it helpful for an individual to analysis all of the versions in order to get a better understanding. Chapter 26 looks at the different versions of myth and how these represent the adaptation to the needs of a specific group or an individual. This goes to show that as myth or stories are passed on from generation to generation they will have many different readers or storytellers. This causes the myth to grow and develop and thus have different meanings. While being passed down the myth or story can develop into three different versions: the literary version, the rationalized version, or the working version. The literary version of myth is when the story is reworked by an individual to express their own personal experiences and thoughts within the story. This means the story is slightly changed to express the opinion and values of the literary writer. The rationalized version of a myth is when scholars study myth and draw inferences about the beliefs of the people and society the myth originated from. They rationalize what they believe the story is trying to explain. Lastly, the working version of myth involves the story becoming associated with a ritual or ceremony in society. This means that the myth is still being told and retold by society today in a ritual or ceremony.
I believe that it is helpful to look for these different versions in a myth. In the text they show how the story of Oedipus has literary versions, rationalized, and working versions. By having all of these different versions and comparing them with each other, a person is able to understand the story more fully. It allows for a reader to find more meaning in the story and really figure out what the myth represented to the society from where it came. I feel that most myth has many different versions that fall within these three categories and by examining each version it is helpful to the overall understanding of the myth.