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Commandment

Any myth worth its salt exerts a powerful magnetism. Notice the images and stories that you are drawn to and repelled by. Investigate the field of associated images and stories.

Discussion

Some aspects of stories trigger deep senses of desire and need that pull us into them. Other aspects repel and repulse us. Like opposing and similar poles of two magnets, there is an invisible force that pulls and pushes with unseen power.

Notice the elements of the stories that push and pull and amplify that dynamic to your listeners. Push and pull your audience with movement, volume and other devices.

 

'Understand magnetic effects' is one of the 'Ten Commandments for Reading Myth' as defined by Joseph Campbell.

See also

Campbell, J. (1972). Myths to Live By, New York: Bantam Books

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