Traditional Literature Features

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Fables, and Myths

Folk Tale Charactertistics

Things happen in 3s

exaggeration

oral tradition

supernatural elements

Example: Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

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According to research by Mota (2009) folk tales are critical to the heritage of any culture and help to build character.

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Fairy Tale Characteristics

Imaginary people/places

once upon a time

happily ever after

good/evil

Example: Cinderella

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Fable Characteristics

Teaches a moral

Very short

anthropomorphic

always fiction

Example: Fox and the Grapes

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Myth Characteristics

Heroes/demi-gods

Elements of truth

on a quest

supernatural events

Example: Hercules

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