Mythology in Contemporary Culture Essay

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Jeannine Hall Gailey's book, Female Comic Book Superheroes, is a short compilation of poems that presents mythological archetypes in way much new angle. These classical mythology and fairy tale archetypes are set against the background of contemporary culture, with the struggles and conflicts of contemporary women as the main theme.


The Villainess resembles your mother, at least around the eyes - treacherous, limpid and seal-like. Inevitably handsome as a lioness, she commands ranks, smokes cigarettes, wears fur, has sex without apologizing. Sometimes, she looks just like you, but with crow's feet, more tattoos and better lingerie. She conjures dragons or viruses; she can lie easily to police or to you. And you must love her, though she betrays you in a heartbeat - you keep accepting the poisoned comb, the spinning wheel, with open, pale hands
First, we will compare The Villainess with Batman character Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy debut came on June 1966 in number 181 issue of Batman Comics. Her real name is Dr. Pamela Lilian Isley. Her origins are vague but it is always assumed that evil men frequently used and abused her. However, during an experiment, she acquired special powers and became Poison Ivy.
Poison Ivy's powers include an immunity to all known poison and having poison at hand. Her body is capable of releasing poison in her touch and the well-known poison kiss. With this kiss, her character can enchant all men at will. Eventually killing them if they succumbed with the poisonous kiss. On the character's good side, she is said to be a nature lover at heart. ...
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