An anonymous, traditional story that explains a natural phenomenon, an aspect of human behavior, or a mystery of the universe
Myths that explain how natural phenomena, such as the stars, moon, and mountains, came to be or why a society has a certain belief or custom
A symbol, story pattern, or character type that is found in the literature of many cultures. Example: Children of opposite qualities born of the same parents
An archetype found in Native American Lit, usually an animal who causes trouble, but in doing so reveals wisdom.
Example: A coyote that brought death in the world, but ultimately alleviated overcrowding
The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work
The use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person, thing, place, or experience