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Pecos Bill, The Cyclone

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Kyndall Blake

on 28 April 2016

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Transcript of Pecos Bill, The Cyclone

Tall Tale and Myth
Pecos Bill The Cyclone
Tall Tale
Tall tale: a type of folk tale that contains some or all of the following features
Which description in the first
paragraph contains hyperbole?
What are some qualities that would have been valued by cowboys or frontiersmen?
Tall tales explain natural phenomena
1. a larger-than-life central hero
2. far-fetched situations and amazing feats
3. humor
4. hyperbole, or exaggeration
*Uniquely, American
Harold W. Felton
Describe the tone of voice with which the narrator presents the exaggerations.
Why this tone?
pg. 1116: Which realistic details in this paragraph add humor?
Which details give this tall tale a particularly American flavor?
Why do you think the writer decided to set the tale
on the Fourth of July?
In his encounter with the cyclone, which details show Bill's physical strength and lack of fear?
How does Bill's way of dealing with the cyclone reveal the values of the American West?
According to the tale, how does Bill create a natural phenomenon?
Which details in this paragraph are examples of humorous exaggerations?
Myth: an anonymous story that explains the actions of gods or human heroes, the reasons for certain traditions, or the causes of natural features
1. They have at least one divine parent
2. They gain special knowledge or weapons
3. They face seemingly impossible tasks
Mythic Hero
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