Comments: Myths of Caligari

Perhaps "myth" is the best term for this phenomenon: A story is told, or re-told, in such a way as to emphasize a 'deeper truth' which the re-teller finds important.

Except that when the 'deeper truth' version varies from earlier recorded versions of a real event, the re-telling causes some hearers to doubt the motives of those who tell the story.

Posted by steve h at June 24, 2004 03:05 PM