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Title: Folk Literature


1
Folk Literature
  • Sometimes called folklore.
  • Usually doesnt have a single, identifiable
    author.
  • Begins with oral tradition, not written down, so
    there may be many different versions.
  • At least some part of the story is unrealistic.
  • Usually has good guys and bad guys.
  • Usually set in the past long ago or once upon
    a time.

2
FANTASY
  • Fantasy is NOT folklore, because it has an
    identifiable author (for example, we all know who
    wrote Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
  • Fantasy often has many of the same elements as
    folklore (for example, magic and mythical
    creatures).

3
Types of Folk Literature
  • Fairy Tales
  • Special beginning and/or ending words- Once upon
    a timeand they lived happily ever after.
  • Royalty and/ or castle usually present
  • Good/Evil characters
  • Magic happens
  • Problem and a solution
  • Things often happen in threes or sevens

4
Types of Folk Literature
  • Cinderella is an example of a fairy tale.

5
Types of Folk Literature
  • Folk tales
  • Are about common people.
  • Are not realistic.
  • Can have ghosts, goblins and ogres.

6
Types of Folk Literature
  • The Teeny-Tiny Woman is an example of a folk tale.

7
Types of Folk Literature
  • Legends
  • Are usually set in a recognizable place and time.
  • Have a main character who performs heroic or
    superhuman deeds.
  • Are often based on a real person from history.
  • Include tall tales, which are American legends.

8
Types of Folk Literature
  • King Arthur is an example of a legend.

9
Types of Folk Literature
  • Myths
  • Are early mans desire to explain the universe
  • Feature gods and goddesses.
  • Often tell how things came to be or how things
    were in the beginning of time.

10
Types of Folk Literature
  • Hercules is an example of a myth.

11
Types of Folk Literature
  • Pour quoi stories
  • Are imaginative stories of why or how things in
    nature came to be that way.

12
Types of Folk Literature
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears is an
    example of a pour quoi tale.

13
Types of Folk Literature
  • Fables
  • Are short teaching stories.
  • Often have animal characters that act like people
    and have human flaws.
  • End with a moral that tells the lesson of the
    story.
  • The most famous fables were those told by Aesop.

14
Types of Folk Literature
  • The Hare and the Tortoise is an example of a
    fable.

15
Types of Folk Literature
  • Trickster tales
  • Are folk tales about clever animals (or people)
    who like to trick others.
  • Are the root of some cartoon characters, like
    Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner.

16
Types of Folk Literature
  • Borreguita and the Coyote is an example of a
    trickster tale.
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