Introduction to Myths, Fables & Fairy Tales

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This powerpoint serves as an introduction to fairy tales, fables and fairy tales to begin to understand the differences between each.

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Introduction to Myths, Fables & Fairy Tales

  1. 1. Introduction & Terms for Understanding
  2. 2. ALLEGORY• A short symbolic narrative• Represents a spiritual or abstract meaningsPARABLE: a short allegory designed to teach some truth (religious principle, moral or life lessons)
  3. 3. Fairytales• Highly interesting, imaginative stories that are implausible• Symbolic in nature• Meant to teach a lesson
  4. 4. Folklore & folktales• A traditional story of a culture, locale• Not related to history, but known common or “local” knowledge• Any belief or story that is passed down through oral tradition
  5. 5. Legend• Associated with a historical or verifiable story• Associated with “local” or geographic locations,• Tales of “weird happenings” or phenomenon that cannot be proven
  6. 6. MYTH• A traditional story concerning a hero or event, gods, goddesses, or creatures• Explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature• With or without a basis of fact or natural explanation

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