What Are Examples of Contemporary Myths?

Examples of contemporary myths are stories about Tarzan, Superman and other superheroes; “The Lord of the Rings” also qualifies as contemporary myth. Like classical myths, these stories present larger-than-life heroes who triumph over evil and show the reader how to cope with the chaos of daily life.

Many contemporary myths, such as those in superhero stories, draw heavily from the archetypes established in classical myth, with direct comparisons between specific superheroes and, for example, gods from Greek mythology. Just as in classic myths, the heroes of contemporary myths typically have superhuman powers and often keep their identity a secret. These contemporary myths appear in many media, including movies, television, comic books, the Internet and other publishing forums.