3-27 Chapter 4_ Traditional Lit

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3/27 Chapter 4: Traditional Literature A Perspective on Traditional Literature Grimm brothers - not intended for children Folktales tell us a lot about the values and beliefs of cultures The “literature of the people,” born of an oral tradition They have characteristics of oral tradition: fast plots, short, humor, and happy endings Poetic justice prevails -- the underdog wins Folktales - brief stories with simple plots, characters, and happy endings. From oral tradition. Types Cumulative repetition leads to the climax ex: Gingerbread Man Porquoi Tales tell why something is the way it is Native American stories--tell animal tales or customs etc. Beast tales Animals act and talk like human beings Billy Goats, Little Red hen, Three Pigs Wise/foolish beast story (African predominantly) Wonder Magic/the supernatural: romance, adventure, dragons Cinderella, Snow White “Happily ever after”
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