reliant on symbolic interpretation. He details his own relationship with the ancient poem, and he culls from the narrative many insights into his own familial bonds, specifically with his father. These appear at the end of his work The Masks of God: Creative Mythology, as well as various lectures. 24 The works of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche had a profound effect on Campbell's thinking; he"d their writing frequently. This notion of love conquering fear and hatred is a common theme in Greek quest mythology. Campbell provided a commentary. In many ways Odysseus and Penelope are models of the sorts of things that Athena represents. New World Library, 2003,. "Joseph Campbell Foundation Works: Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake, A". Mendelsohn traces his emotional, intellectual and physical journeys with his father, which he weaves with Homers epic poem about Odysseus long journey home from battle.
Campbell often referred to the ideas of Adolf Bastian and his distinction between what he called "folk" and "elementary" ideas, the latter referring to the prime matter of monomyth while the former to the multitude of local forms the myth takes in order to remain. 41 In The Power of Myth as well as the "Occidental Mythology" volume of The Masks of God, Campbell describes the emergence of a new kind of erotic experience as a "person to person" affair, in contrast with the purely physical definition given to Eros. Various authors (1970) The Portable Jung. It is, in other words, the challenge of figuring out your parents. Equal parts lit-crit class, language lesson and memoir, An Odyssey creates its own unique and compelling sub-genre. See Joseph Campbell, Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian JournalsIndia and Sake and Satori: Asian JournalsJapan, New World Library, 2002, 2003. Klein, The Forward Compelling. So the Vedic faith began before the King James version of the Earth even existed. At its core, it is a funny, loving portrait of a difficult but loving parent: Mendelsohns father, Jay, who is, like the Homeric hero Odysseus and perhaps all of us, polytropos : many-sided or much-turning.