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Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales

Brief introduction to a unit for English II on myths, legends, and fairy tales.

Jeremy Shaner

on 1 May 2018

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Transcript of Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales

An Overview & Introduction
Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
claim to be historical, but they can't be proven.

Usually about real people, but events are exaggerated.

Passed on from generation-to-generation, and they vary wildly in presentation.
Robin Hood is an example of a legend
Completely fictional and often draw from fantasy.

Include giants, fairies, monsters, dragons, elves, trolls, etc.

Multiple versions of similar stories . For example, there are multiple versions of the "Cinderella" story; sources put it anywhere from 25-350 versions.

Share common themes and character types.
Fairy Tales
Cultural values
Time periods
Intended Audience

What causes myths, fairy tales, & legends to change?
Involve Gods & Goddesses, & they often deal with the consequences of angering or pleasing the gods.

Myths are part of oral tradition - they were passed from generation-to-generation by word of mouth.
tales rooted in a culture that help to explain its origins or early religious practices & beliefs.

3 categories: explanatory , instructional, or entertaining.
Recurrent symbol, character, or idea in literature, art, or mythology.
"Prototype" for characters & plots in stories.
What's similar? What's different? Why?

Scholars have found the change to be similar to biological adaptation.
Where are we with these now?
Popular Culture
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