On Slaying Dragons
Recently I started a creative writing course. I’m currently studying storytelling and wrote an article about storytelling for Christian Today.
As researchers and historians have studied ancient stories, they have discovered a common theme that occurs across cultures and geographical settings. The theme is particularly strong in ancient stories of dragons and mythical monsters. A brave young man, or more rarely a brave young woman, confronts a fantastical dragon and achieves freedom for themselves and their community by slaying the dragon. The theme also appears in contemporary stories, including science fiction and fantasy. It has been termed, ‘the hero’s journey.’