Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2007

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Madeleine Ray


Mythology is present in almost all aspects of modern life. Though many books, movies, video games and advertisements make reference to ancient myths, the myths themselves are no longer readily accessible to children. This thesis provides a rationale for writing a children's book which retells an ancient Greek myth. An outline for the book, entitled Perseus, as well as two sample chapters, are included. The thesis deals with mythology's relevance to the modern child asserting that it can help him/her deal with issues such as step-parents, separation anxiety and the need for individuation. The thesis also discusses the ways in which mythology appears in modern culture such as Nike shoes, the "God of War" video game and books like Harry Potter. Sources where children can access Greek mythology today are also discussed and compared to Perseus. Finally, the thesis discusses how, and why, Perseus was written and compares it to other worthwhile books for children.


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I would like to thank my thesis advisor, Madeleine Ray, for her insightful comments, boundless la"iowledge and bottomless file cabinet full of articles. I would like to thank also my parents, Andrew and Ellen Klavan, for their love, time and unwavering support. Finally, John Moore, for his patience and understanding