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Transcript of Traditional Literature
What is traditional literature?
Traditional literature is a genre that deals specifically with stories that were initially oral and were written down at a later date. Traditional literature consists of songs, stories, poems and riddles from anonymous sources.
Elements of traditional literature
• Narrative story handed down within a culture.
• Stories were created by adults for the entertainment of other adults.
• Stories frequently involve trickery.
Stories, sometimes of a national or folk hero, which have a basis in fact but also include imaginative material.
Legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveal human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism.
Stories with fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children. A modren fairy tale is written in a traditional style with the elements of folklore but with a contemporary twist.
Narration demonstrating a useful truth,
especially in which animals speak as humans.
A one-sentence utterance that
holds the conventional wisdom
of the ages.
Stories with a definite setting in fairly
modern times that exaggerate or are based
on the traits of a person who may have
Websites about traditonal literature
Issues surrounding traditional literature
Many books involved stories stemmed from religious tales.
Not all believed in religion
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