Types of Folk Literature

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Last updated: May 2, 2019
legend
A traditional story believed to be based on actual people and events. These stories, which typically celebrate heroic individuals or significant achievements, tend to express the values of a culture

fairy tale
A story that involves fantasy elements such as witches, goblins, and elves.

These stories often involve princes and princesses and today are generally told to entertain children.

myth
A story from the past involving gods or heroes. These stories often explain beliefs, customs, or mysterious natural phenomena or identify acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

tall tale
A highly exaggerated and often humorous story about folk heroes in local settings. The characters in these stories might be real, but their actions are greatly exaggerated.

folk tale
An anonymous traditional story passed on orally from one generation to another

fable
A brief story that teaches a lesson or moral, usually through animal characters that take on human qualities.

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