Folk Literature Project

By Hannah Kuntz

Types of Folk Literature:

Fable- a short story-typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral

Folk Tale- a story originating popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth

Myth- a traditional story, especially one concerning early history of people explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events

Epic- a long poem narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary characters or the history of a nation

Tall Tale- a story with unbelievable elements, related to if it was true

Legend- a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical unauthenticated.

Examples 0f Folk Literature:

Do you love cute bunnies and clowns that make you laugh? Do you love stories with lots of suspense and excitement?! The what are you waiting for?! Read "The Clown and the Bunny" below.

The Clown and the Bunny

By Hannah Kuntz



Once upon a time there was a white, fluffy bunny. This bunny was different then all of the rest because she could talk. She was brought to the circus one Friday afternoon to be in a magic act. Her owner stuffed the soft bunny into her cage and they were on their way. But before she got to the stage, right in the corner of the small bunny’s eye was something juicy, something sweet. And that something was a carrot. The bunny nipped at the wires on the cage door and leaped out of it. She hopped, she dashed, she looked down and then, she noticed she wasn’t on the ground. The bunny looked up and noticed something with a lot of makeup.



“Hello,” said the something.



“Hi,” the bunny said shyly.



“My name is clown. What’s yours?”



“I’m Snowball,” she said with confidence.



After a while of talking and playing, Snowball decided that she liked the clown. He took her home and they had a great time together, and the bunny became the clown’s pet.



Later in the afternoon, the doorbell rang. The clown welcomed the stranger into his home and made dinner while the bunny kept the guest company. Snowball recognized the stranger’s smell, but not appearance.



“This looks just like my bunny, Snowball,” the stranger said.



That was it! Her owner was here! Snowball was overjoyed to see her best friend again.



“That’s my owner!!!” Snowball said allowed. But she would have to make a tough decision. To live with the guest, her old best friend, or clown, her new best friend. She couldn’t decide so they went to court and they decided to give the Snowball to the clown.



That night Snowball fell into a dead sleep and later woke up from a nightmare. When she went to get the clown for help, his bed was empty. Snowball decided to go and look for the clown and share her very scary dream with him. She fallowed his sent around town and after traveling for miles, and missing her old owner some, she reached a small shop in a tiny town and wondered, Why would the clown be here at this time of night? The loud sound around the corner made her deaf. Snowball went to see what that annoying noise was and when she turned the corner she saw 5 police cars, 2 ambulances, a fire truck, and a police handcuffing a man in black. As she continued to fallow the familiar smell, she got closer and closer to the man in black and then, as she approached him; one of the police officers tore off his black mask. And then, under the mask, she saw something she would never have even guessed, something, just like her dream. The man under the mask was, the clown.



Snowball ran as fast as she could back to her old owner’s house and the owner let her in. She told her everything that had happened and they hoped that he would be imprisoned the rest of his life. And the bunny and the owner lived happily ever after. The end.



Moral

Things aren’t always as they seem.

Greek Myth:

Atlas brings Hercules a delivery and wants to bring it to the owner and never return. Hercules knows about this and has Atlas "hold heaven" while Hercules "rests" and really brings the delivery to it's owner and tells Atlas what he knows about his escape plan and leaves Atlas to hold heaven forever and Hercules never returns.


Moral

Things aren't always as they seem.

Atlas and Hercules

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Jesus tells a parable of a shepherd who had 100 sheep and lost one. The shepherd left the 99 other sheep to look for the one that he had lost and when he found his lost sheep, he rejoiced. Jesus treats us the same.
Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Confucianism and Taoism

I learned a lot about Confucianism and Taoism like that they told their stories by mouth and it sometimes got mixed up. They used a lot Folk Literature. Confucianism and Taoism had morals, or lessons to each of their stories and would often tell stories that weren't true, or myths, or stories with common animal characters that talk, or tales.

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