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Mythologies illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning his word is signification of practically everything around him not only the books and paintings of high art but also the slogans trivia toys food and popular rituals cruises striptease eating wrestling matches of contemporary lifeFor Barthes words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time since they are signs words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer as if what they say is eternal true necessary instead of arbitrary made contingent Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible for example for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for be the myth of 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object making the object speak its hidden but ever so present reservoir of manufactured sense Edward W Said The 1990’s American teen in me was than slightly confused a few essays into Roland Barthes’ Mythologies I was even so confused after googling “Elle France” and finding out my connection was indeed accurate and that the ‘Elle’ that Barthes continuously refers back to is indeed the French counterpart to the American Elle magazine The image of Barthes sitting in study reading a woman’s’ fashion and lifestyle magazine full of articles on “how to dress for your body type” or “101 ways to please your man” popped into my head a few times Chuckles aside I admit that I had to remind myself that it was 1957 than a few times Oddly enough though Barthes undoubtedly had no idea what the connotation of Elle would become its current meaning and presence in Mythologies is one that adds to some of the myths Mythologies as a whole is based on society There are stories facts and metaphors that cross generations burying themselves as validation as myths Barthes draws a great deal of his reactions from Elle and those reactions live in a patriarchal universe This is not so much a critiue of Barthes and his view on society as it is an observation on society and reality Thematically men are at the top of society children strive to grow into men and women are allowed freedoms but at the end of the day their position is to bear children and care for the home Reminder It’s 1957The first essay I read from Mythologies was “Novels and Children” A feminist would have a field day with this essay you’ve read it so you know why Personally I wanted to pat the women mentioned in Elle on the back and congratulate them for writing their books while caring for their children husbands and home I’m there right now terrible twos a colicky newborn endless laundry cooking dishes and writing and school Here’s the thing 1957 or 2016 it doesn’t matter the struggle for women to balance work and home is still essentially the same I say essentially because society has changed to where it is not dictated but for those who believe in the system we live in the myth Our husbands provide and we in turn bear children and take care of the home often becoming superwomen for achieving careers and success as well There is euality today but the bare system is still present This system moves down to the children as well In “Toys” Barthes repeatedly defines his explanation as specifically relating solely to French toys As I read “Toys” though I can’t help but look around my living room and connect the dots My living room has a little tykes grill kitchen set trucks trucks trucks and the plastic version of every tool you can possibly imagine and blocks Again a theme that crosses time Sixty years and a continent later home life has not changed that much We are undoubtedly as Barthes connects “creating the future” “We present our children with miniature objects of adulthood and they take from it what they will become and admittedly I’m rethinking some of my choices in toys nowWhile some of Barthes myths are relatable across times and nations not all are Barthes know this and points it out in “Striptease” and “Wine and Milk” Some nations have common thought and systems within themselves The French are different than Americans in not only some of their customs but also their behavior Mythologies explores the social power or restraint or common behavior that is present in French society What is powerful is that things that would breakdown an individual in another society has no effect or power over the Frenchmen A naked woman does not cause men or women in France to blush so much as the act of stripping down would just as wine does not cause them to become drunk in so much as they do not purposefully overdrink There is restraint in society the French have control over their actions and the portrayal of themselves In both myths it is the act of doing something that is meaningful and not the conclusion of that actThe veil in society is broken down in “Ornamental Cookery” This essay also brings us full circle back to Elle which still has me seeing Barthes red cheeked though this essay makes it easier to remember its 1957 “Ornamental Cookery” was a validation of sorts for me Barthes addresses Elle as a bit lackluster in terms of credible sources but nevertheless there is no doubt that the magazine in all of its 1957 glory is a reflection on society However the reflection on society is connotation that denotation “Ornamental Cookery” in its plainest version is descriptive of food recipes popular in the 1950’s These recipes often called for dishes to be smothered in sauces decorated and glazed in a manner so that one cannot really tell from the surface what is underneath “Ornamental Cookery” is a metaphorical essay that brings us back once to the overall discussion on society where individuals can cover themselves to appear appealing This phenomenon is yet another idea that crosses time The idea that people are never truly what they appear to be and can hide their true identity Mythologicaly it reads almost as a warning as much as it might appear to be adviceI think we are meant to see ourselves in Mythologies Perhaps not each and every essay is conclusive with a readers life but I could not help but find similarities with most of the essays that I read While society will change with time with location with governing the basic structure will remain That is the mythology of the society

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MythologiesD Mythologies illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning his word is signification of practically everything around him not only the books and paintings of high art but also the slogans trivia toys food and popular rituals cruises striptease eating wrestling matches of contemporary lifeFor Barthes words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time since they are signs words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer as if what they say is eternal true necessary instead of arbitrary made contingent Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible for example for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for be the myth of 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object making the object speak its hidden but ever so present reservoir of manufactured sense Edward W Sa Hell of an epic poem

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