Didactic Literature

Sruthi Dileep

What is Didactic Literature?

A novel, play or poem that is didactic aims to teach us something. Didactic works often have morals to impart what is written to teach us something about religion, philosophy, history, or politics.It emphasizes the idea that different forms of art and literature ought to convey information and instructions along with pleasure and entertainment.

The term has its origin in the Ancient Greek word didaktikos,meaning relating to education and teaching , and signified learning in a fascinating manner.


Animal is a didactic tale that uses animals on a farm to describe the overthrow of the last of the Russians, and exposes the evil of the Communist Revolution of Russia before WWII. Clearly, the actions of the various animals on the farm are used to expose the greed and corruption of the Revolution. It also contains the depiction of how powerful people can alter the ideology of a society.

Answers to Activity

Didactic Literature aims to teach us something. Often have __morals_ to impart what is written to teach us something about __religion__, _philosophy_, __history__, or _politics .

The term originated from the Greek word _didaktikos__, meaning _relating to education and teaching_.

Three examples of Didactic Literature are

1. Animal Farm

2. Tortoise and Hare

3. Boy who cried wolf

4. Bible


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