Are You Living In A Western Or A Detective Story?

One of the more engaging (if dense) reads I had during my literary studies was Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism.

Are You Living In a Western or A Detective Story?

Now in the book Frye makes the case that all the stories we tell – from Coco to the Handmaid’s Tale – have their origins in mythical archetypes, which were in turn developed in response to the natural seasons and cycles.

One implication of the book is that, in some ways, our different ideologies – religious, political, social – have to do with the stories we find ourselves in, the stories we tell ourselves about reality, which determines the way we interpret reality.

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