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Myths, Legends, Epics, and Tales

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Lydia Ramsey

on 2 May 2017

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Transcript of Myths, Legends, Epics, and Tales

Myths, Legends, Epics, and Tales
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A traditional story that was created to explain mysteries of the universe
Often explains how something connected with humans or nature came to be
Reveals the consequences of both good and bad behavior
Features gods or other beings who have supernatural powers as well as certain flaws
A story passed down through many generations that is believed to be based on real people and events
Tells about a hero or heroine who has unusual powers
Focuses on the hero's or heroine's struggle to defeat a powerful force
Highlights a positive quality or way of behaving
A long, narrative poem, often written in formal language, that tells about a series of quests undertaken by a great hero
Follows a quest, or journey, of a hero who has incredible strength and courage
Focuses on the hero's character traits
Features hero's tasks such as battles in which the hero is tested
A brief story that teaches a lesson, or moral, about human nature
Usually includes animal characters that stand for specific human qualities, such as kindness or dishonesty
Has a moral that is directly stated at the end or indirectly communicated through what happens in the fable
A humorously exaggerated story about impossible events
Stars a hero or heroine who is larger than life--that is, bigger, stronger, and even louder than an ordinary person
Uses exaggeration to emphasize the abilities and achievements of the hero or heroine
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