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Merian C. Cooper, King Kong, and American Mythology

A continuation of guest poster Chris Arnold’s series on King Kong and American intellectual history.And the Prophet said: ” And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, It was as one  dead”With these faux ancient words Merian C. Cooper gave life to the  powerful 20th century American version of Beauty and the Beast archetype that is the myth of King Kong,   As Richard Slotkin posits “Myth expresses ideology in a narrative… myths are  formulated as ways of            explaining  problems that arise in the  course of historical experience. Read more