Assistant Professor of English
HCB Memorial First Grade College
Jagalur- 577528 Davanagere
The study of myths has recently attracted a series attention of scholars belonging to several disciplines like Anthropology and Psychology. Of late, it has profoundly influenced the field of literary criticism by providing new norms for evaluating the works of literature and helping the critics to acquire fresh insights into the mystery of the creative process. Myth explains the complex behavior of individuals in a society which is difficult to do so by any other explanation. Myths reoccur again and again as a sort of metaphorical expression in the course of human life; they have a complex and significant symbolism. Hence modern writers use myths to express modern complexities. Many contemporary artists confirm the necessity of using myths in their creative works. Many critics have spoken on myth of introspection. The myth of introspection is akin to the concept of ‘Vanaprasthashrama’ of Hindus: which insists old men to handover the responsibility of running a home or kingdom to their heirs, and retire to forest, to think of the other world, and meditate of God. Many philosophers who influenced our life have stressed the importance of lonely life or to live alone in introspection. Introspection from bondage of mundane life and politics is very necessary for human health.
Key words: Myth, Mind, Vanaprasthashrama introspection , Society,