Informative Speech on Mythology

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Danielle Foster
March 28, 2011
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General Purpose:To inform
Specific Purpose:To inform my audience about mythology
Organizational Pattern:Topical


Have you ever heard of mythology? Whether it be Creation or Greek mythology? Are you ready to learn a little about mythology?
I have spent the last couple of days researching mythology.
Today I will inform you about the history, some of the different classes, and discuss some myths/stories I mythology.

(Transition: Now that you know what I am going to cover let’s get started with the history of mythology.)


Before defining the term “mythology” one needs to define the meaning of the word “myth”.
A.The word itself comes from the Greek “mythos” which originally meant “speech” or “discourse” but which later came to mean “fable” or “legend”.
1.According to,
2.According to,
B.In this speech, the word “myth” will be defined as a story of forgotten or vague origin, basically religious or supernatural in nature.

(Transition: Now let’s look at some the different classes of mythology.)

There are different classes of mythology but we will discuss two today.
A.Creation myths provide an explanation of the origin of the universe in all its complexity.
1.According to, creation myths often invoke primal gods and animals, titanic struggles between opposing forces or the death and or dismemberment of these gods or animals as the means whereby the universe and its components were created.

2.According to,
B.Another class of myths is the Theogenic myth. This sets out to delineate the relationships between various gods and other mythical beings.
1.According to, theoretic myths set out to provide a reinforcement or framework for an existing system of myths.
2.According to,

(Transition: Now let’s look at some stories dealing with mythology.)

There are many stories and...
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