MYTH AND FRIENDSHIP: LIVING IN THE ALREADY BUT NOT YET
C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien’s writings are bursting with stories of friendships that warm our hearts as readers and offer us an invitation into the narrative. Friendship played an important role in Lewis and Tolkien’s works, and can be seen as an invitation to participate in their stories. I would like to propose in this paper that friendship in myth is a vision of the ‘already, but not yet’ age that we live in and that Lewis and Tolkien’s stories can impact how we live out our own friendships.
We live in a time of the ‘already, but not yet,’ and by this, I mean that we live in a time and space between Christ’s first coming and His second coming. As believer’s in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit and we live under grace, no longer under law. We have been freed from the slavery of sin and are no longer under its dominion. However, in this age, while we see many promises come through Christ and the Holy Spirit, we still feel and experience the affects of sin and death still reigns. “The days are evil” and we see the evidence of evil pervasively in our lives. Through Christ’s first coming, we are now partakers in the divine nature , we share in Christ’s nature, but this is not our experience right now on earth. While we share the divine nature in our knowledge and understanding to an extent, we do not share in the divine nature in experience or feeling yet. But we have hope because one day the ‘already’ will be in
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Bigelow and La Gaipa (1975) observed children’s friendships by asking a number of children to write an essay about their best friend using the approach called “content analysis”. William Corsaro however dictates that in order to study children you must study them in the context of their own peer culture, he used the “ethnographic approach”. In this essay I shall attempt to compare and contrast the approach used by Bigelow and La Gaipa (1975) and that taken by William Corsaro (2006).
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This paper seeks to highlight the various mythologies used as source material by J.R.R. Tolkien, and how he attempts to create a mythology of his own through using various aspects from the myths and epics he studied. His desire to create a new and inventive mythology led to borrowing heavily from the myths and epics of Europe. This paper will show that through using the basis of other mythologies and epics, Tolkien creates an understandable and accessible mythology for his books. Throughout his writings, Tolkien weaves in various objects, aspects, and storylines from myth in order to provide readers with an understandable fantasy realm, while also providing a look at how these aspects can mesh together in a unique and fresh way. His use of
We all have friends that we enjoy spending time with, but we do not seem to think heavily as to why we have these friends. These relationships are not necessary to survival; all that is needed for our physical body to survive is food and water, yet people want to create long-lasting friendships with people they cherish. In his work, Lysis, Plato says that that friendship is the least of natural loves, ones which we do not need to reproduce. C.S. Lewis complements this by describing friendship as “unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” Many early
We hear the word “friendship” being tossed around daily, between family, friends, social media, etc. People just say the word without thinking what it really refers to, but does everyone really understand what the word “friendship” means? People believe that the word “friendship” is just used to describe a friend or a bigger group of friends, but in reality it actually means a lot more. I believe that it is important to know what the word “friendship” really means. Not everyone is going to have the same definition, because “friendship” can have a variety of definitions. It all depends on how one feels about “friendship” and who or what they associate it with. It’s important to define this word because this word has a very powerful meaning
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