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Copy of myths legends fairytales and fables

english project

Caitlin Casey

on 28 April 2015

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Transcript of Copy of myths legends fairytales and fables

A myth is a story that has been passed
through tribes, communities and families.

Traditionally, they answer life's bigger questions:
Why are we here? And how did we get here?
Many myths are written either because:
1. People want something to believe in
and pass down generation to generation.
2. Myths were written to explain
something (creation, weather, love, etc.)
Myth usually contain an exposition,
a complication, a climax and
a resolution.

They may also include Beast/creatures,
quests and journeys, gods and goddess.
Demeter and Persephone Poseidon and Athena.
As legends are passed down,
they begin to contain more
fantastic or magical elements.
Years ago there was no science
but people still wanted answers.

Legends gave them answers to the questions
people were asking.
Legends usually include a
hero's or villain's quest
and journeys.
The Trojan War, The Fountain
of Youth and Atlantis.
A fable is usually a fictional narrative
that teaches us a lesson.
Fables were written to help people
understand events in every
day life and help them solve
their problems or troubles.
Fables usually include a moral or lesson.

Many also have animals that reflect
human behavior.
The Rabbit and the Tortoise.
a.k.a. The Turtle and the Hare
Fairy tales
Fairy tales are imaginative stories
that include a conflict but resolves in a happy
Fairy tales were written to
entertain people and to send
a message or lesson, specifically to children.
Fairy tales usually include
fairies, wizards, mythical
creatures and a moral or message.
Some famous fairy tales include Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella
and Little Red Riding Hood.
1.The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.

2.A body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.
A traditional story, especially one concerning
the early history of a people or explaining some
natural or social phenomenon
A traditional story sometimes popularly
regarded as historical but unauthenticated.
A short story, typically with animals as characters,
conveying a moral
1. a story involving fantastic forces and beings

2. a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending
Fairytales, Myths & Other Genres
Copy the notes when you see the pencil.
An ideal example or model after which other things are patterned.
In literature, there are situation archetypes, setting archetypes, symbolic archetypes and character archetypes.
Folklore usually contains
Traditional Archetypes Include:
Hero / Heroine
Mentor (wise man or earth mother)
Threshold Guardian
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