FORMS OF STORY Flashcards
What are Myths?
Myths are stories that try to explain HOW OUR WORLD WORKS and HOW WE SHOULD TREAT EACH OTHER. They are usually set in times long ago, before history as we know it was written
- Traditional tales based on the traditions and beliefs of people
- Were originally told orally
- Usually teaches a lesson
- Often use animal characters to symbolize or represent human qualities
What are Legends?
Legends are also fictional stories, but they are different from myths.
Legends are BASED ON REAL PEOPLE who lived in more recent times and are mentioned in history. Legends are told for a purpose and are based on facts, but they are not completely true.
What’s a Fable?
A fable is another type of story, also passed down from generation to generation and told to teach a lesson about something. A fable usually ends with a moral, or a short sentence with a lesson about life.
What are Fables?
Fables are often about animals, plants, and natural forces, like thunder or wind, that can talk and act like people. The most famous fables were written by a man from ancient Greece called Aesop. We know them as Aesop’s Fables, and he wrote more than 600 of them, including “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
What are Fairy Tales?
Fairy Tales are stories written specially for children, often about magical characters such as elves, fairies, goblins and giants. Sometimes the characters are animals.
Most fairy tales were passed down orally before being written. Many of these stories were collected by Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm and written down for future generations.
- Includes gods and goddesses, super beings and heroes
- Explains natural events
- Magical creatures
- Teaches a lesson
- Based on real people who may have lived a long time ago
* Tells about their heroic actions or deeds
- Main character must solve a problem
- Superhuman ability
- Animals act like people
- 3 of fewer characters
- Ends with a lesson or moral
- Aesop wrote many fables
- Repetition of 3 and 7
- Magical elements
- Once upon a time
- Happily Ever After
- Often from Europe