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Definition of a Myth

a story or legend, often based on a true event, that tells of the culture, beliefs, events, and important characters in the history of a people. A myth uses exaggeration and symbolism to make the story exciting and meaningful to the listeners and readers.


the place where the myth occurs


when the myth takes place


the story line - what happens and how the tale unfolds


the "people" of the story (sometimes animals personified)


the "problem" - usually the plot of a myth that involves some type of conflict or problem between teo or more characters, or between the character(s) and some other being force


the means by which the characters solve the conflict; the events that follow the climax and the lesson/moral learned


the use of an idea, an object, or words to significantly represent something else; the use of symbolism in myths is extremely important!

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