Topics for Further Study
Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 151
Look for a behavior that is apparent in everyday life but that people seem to do for no other reason than tradition. Try to discover what that behavior might have developed from. Another way to go about this topic is to think about the mythical history of some object that did not exist when Frazer wrote, such as computers or cars.
Make a chart or ‘‘family tree’’ of the mythical figures who are mentioned in The Golden Bough, showing their relationship to one another.
George Lucas has said that he based much of his Star Wars film saga on mythological motifs. Research which mythic stories Lucas had in mind, and find where they fit into the argument Frazer presents in The Golden Bough.
Choose one of the myths mentioned in the book and make your own picture of it, the way that Turner depicted the scene at the lake of Nemi.