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The Eiffel Tower, and Other Mythologies explores how the Western English speaking world uses language to assign characteristics to Eiffel Tower.
eNotes has published several summaries concerning Roland Barthes' works, which often criticized readers who were deemed "intellectually lazy" and the upper-class members of society who refused to consider that a myth or landmark can employ multiple meanings at the same time.
Some observers note that Roland Barthes' work analyzes an event or symbol separately in each essay, making it possible to deconstruct the event into multiple facets so that it can be examined from multiple viewpoints. Readers are urged to reject words or phrases that frame events or realities from only one perspective.
Roland Barthes' works may be appropriate for academia, particularly disciplines interested in cultural studies and cultural anthropology.
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