Features of Urban Legends

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Features of Urban Legends

  1. 1. What are thefeatures of anurban legend?
  2. 2. 1. Often heard from a second-hand source: ‘a friend of a friend’.I heard this story from a friend of my Uncle’s...One of the instructors told me this story...My sister heard this story from he friend...2. Characters are not usually developed, the story is too short.
  3. 3. 2. Characters are not usually developed, the story is too short.A manA womanA child
  4. 4. 3. The scene is set immediately in time and place.Late at night...During the day...100 years ago...Last summer...
  5. 5. 4. Tension and suspense is built swiftly to convey danger, mystery or horror.…in the middle of nowhere……getting closer and closer……all alone…SuddenlyAll of a suddenAt that momentJust then
  6. 6. 5. There is sometimes a cliff-hanger ending which uses ellipsis.
  7. 7. 6. It may be a cautionary tale – the story is often a warning to the reader.

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