English Unit 6 Notes
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tales and lore of cultures passed down verbally from one generation to the next.
insights about life and human nature.
the core values and concerns of a culture; the events, beliefs, and values that shape the culture in which the author lives.
truths about life that are meaningful to people of all time and all places; insights into life that recur throughout world literature.
character, situations, images, and symbols that recur in the narratives of all cultures; patterns of story elements that recur across cultures and often having strong associations.
wise and virtuous ruler
character whose reign brings in a golden age, or time of peace and prosperity.
dreamer or transgressor
a character who imagines new possibilities and defies danger to bring an important gift to society.
an unpromising youth who triumphs over stronger forces through cleverness or virtue and blossoms into a wise, strong, and courageous leader.
a person or force that opposes the protagonists.
point of view
an individual author's attitudes and beliefs about the world.
model behaviors and attitudes, cherished by the society from which they originated.
explain the actions of gods and their interactions with humans; may explain the causes of natural phenomena or the origins of cultural traditions.
deal with heroic acts, adventures, magic or romance; often concern the relationship between mortals and gods; focus on human or animal heroes.
folk tales about larger-than-life heroes and events from the past; often are based on historical fact, with factual details becoming exaggerated and fictionalized over time.
simple folk tales, usually told to entertain small children; include magic or supernatural elements.
long narrative poems that use elevated language and extended, elaborate comparisons of unlike subjects; combine features of myths and legends; describe the adventures of larger-than-life heroes, who are important to the history of their cultures; often tell of the heroes' journeys or quests, on which the heroes are helped or hindered by gods and other supernatural creatures; often begin with the poet's mention of the subject and a plea to a divine being for inspiration and guidance in the telling of the tale.
the people, animals, or creatures that take part in the action.
the time and place of a story.
the sequence of events in a story.
the struggle between opposing forces that drives the plot.
the author's word choice, which can indicate positive or negative attitudes.
shifting points of view
As stories were passed down through the oral tradition, story details changed as the point of view of the authors changed.
themes that reflect the particular circumstances and beliefs of the author's culture.
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