American Gods

Today we will gather your thoughts and reactions to the novel. The question of what it means to be American has risen to become a very, very current question.

We could discuss the concept of ”myth”, ”culture” and Joseph Cambell.

We could also read:

If a myth is a story that explains the world and our place in it, what is the American Myth, judging from the book?

Joseph Cambell quotes

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

“The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.”



The Power of Myth


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