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Myths are universal in some ways. Many modern stories use allusions, or references, to old myths because most readers will recognize them. The most common forms of allusions are archetypes. An archetype is a stock character that is present in every myth. These include many characters you'd recognize: the wise old man, the mentor, the damsel in distress, and the callow youth. There are also archetypal myths, or megamyths The most common megamyth is the Hero's Journey. You will notice many different versions of it modern movies. A young, inexperienced character gets forced to go on a journey and eventually becomes a hero. Think Luke Skywalker and Frodo. The idea is that we recognize these myths when we see them in modern stories, because we have seen them so many times before.
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