I believe that mythology should still be taught in schools, although with less of an emphasis and

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I believe that mythology should still be taught in schools, although with less of an emphasis and across more cultures. Myths are important parts of literature, and have complexity that is different than normal novels. Also, myths teach about the culture of their time, as well as how people lived and what they believed. Along these lines, I think that other cultures’ myths should also be taught, as they also teach about the people of their time. Mythology is an important form of literature that has been around thousands of years. For example, “the stories contain so much complexity and ambiguity that they engage young people in a much more interesting way than straight moral tales” (Worley). Teaching mythology is just as important as…show more content…
In this case, “myths are similar even when they derive from civilizations so widely separated geographically that cultural diffusion seems impossible” (Kromholz). The myths of the world’s civilizations help to relate them to other cultures. They show the similarities and differences between people in different timeframes and locations, and how this affected their customs. Also, the mythology of other cultures is just as important as Greek myths. Similarly, they are important literature that has laid the foundation for modern novels. Mythology was and still is an integral part of society in more places than just Greece. Some people may claim that myths are false and give false information. To repeat, “[mythology] gives them a deeper understanding of Greek and Roman culture” (Shearer). Mythology teaches about the culture of civilizations, not just their gods. It teaches people how people lived their lives, and the false information they give is often tied to ways of life and reasons for certain decisions. Also, false information is not necessarily a bad thing if it is known it is false. Some of the information may show how the Greeks tried to explain things they didn’t understand. Although myths can give false information, it should not be a cause for concern, and it should not be considered the only part of mythology. Other people may complain that mythology interferes with other religions. However, “The best protection we

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