Unit 6 Oral Tradition/Themes in Literature

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Last updated: April 22, 2019

blending stories of your own with oral traditions
personal mythology

information passed down through the generations by word of mouth that is not written down
oral tradition

Name 3 components of oral traditions
myths, epics, and legends

ideas about life that are shared by many cultures
universal themes

model behaviors, cherished by a culture
values

the characters, situations, images, and symbols that appear in the narratives of many different cultures
archetypes

stories featuring human or animal heroes
folk tales

folk tales with fairies or other magical beings
fairy tales

humorous mockeries of archetypal stories
parody

explain the actions of gods and the humans who interact with them
myth

long narrative poems with an epic hero
epic

a ruler whose reign brings peace and prosperity
wise and virtuous king

a character who brings an important gift to society
dreamer

an unpromising youth who becomes a wise and courageous leader
hero

the main character
protagonist

the force opposing the main character
antagonist

values specific to a group
culturally distinct values

relate to the beliefs and customs of a particular group.
cultural details

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