Myths, Legends and Folktales
314 words (0.9 double-spaced pages)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The categories of myth, legend and folktale have commonly been used as synonymous terms, however, this is not correct. Each have a style of their own although borders between the three are often blurred. The misconception that they are all one in the same is understandable as they do share several characteristics. Upon closer examination, however, it is obvious that they each have distinct traits.
Common attributes found amongst myths
and folklore are to blame for the common generalization. All of them begin as stories told orally and passed down, changing over time, from generation to generation. They also follow the same guidelines of a story. Each has elements of a traditional story including a plot.
Myths are unique because they deal primarily with supernatural entities acting as the primary characters. Secondary characters
are often humans. In a myth, time is not easy to measure. Often the story takes place outside of human chronology, although it may loosely entwine elements of history. The predominant intention of a myth is to provide an extraordinary explanation for unexplained naturally occurring events. People use myths to explain what they do not know. They also pass cultural values on through their morals. Myths tackle issues concerned with the human-supernatural (gods) relationship.
Legends deserve their own category because they differentiate from myths and folktales in that their primary characters are human heroes and heroines. These heroes and heroines are typically formed from the same blueprint. They are typically aristocrats who have a hindering weakness. They may also have secondary supernatural characters. They take place in the distant past in places that either are real or resemble to be. Legends tell of events in human past that justify the present state of man, containing a definite element of history. They are typically stories of great accomplishments that relate to the modern world.
Folktales are also unparalleled in meaning because they deal with primary characters that are ordinary people or anthropomorphic creatures. The main character is often an outcast in the beginning who changes greatly at the end. They take place in an imaginary setting, including the place in time, which is irrelevant to the story. They are devised to entertain but also include morals and lessons in order to reinforce behavior. Folktales are commonly called fairy tales and involve fortune reversals and happy endings.
How to Cite this Page
"Myths, Legends and Folktales." 123HelpMe.com. 29 May 2016
If you'd like to save a copy of the
paper on your computer, you can COPY and PASTE it into your word
processor. Please, follow these steps to do that in Windows:
1. Select the text of the paper with the mouse and press Ctrl+C.
2. Open your word processor and press Ctrl+V.
123HelpMe.com (the "Web Site") is produced by the "Company". The contents of this Web Site, such as text, graphics, images, audio, video and all other material ("Material"), are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws.
The Company makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Material or about the results to be obtained from using the Material. You expressly agree that any use of the Material is entirely at your own risk. Most of the Material on the Web Site is provided and maintained by third parties. This third party Material may not be screened by the Company prior to its inclusion on the Web Site. You expressly agree that the Company is not liable or responsible for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other subscribers or third parties.
The Materials are provided on an as-is basis without warranty express or implied. The Company and its suppliers and affiliates disclaim all warranties, including the warranty of non-infringement of proprietary or third party rights, and the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. The Company and its suppliers make no warranties as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material, services, text, graphics and links.
For a complete statement of the Terms of Service, please see our website. By obtaining these materials you agree to abide by the terms herein, by our Terms of Service
as posted on the website and any and all alterations, revisions and amendments thereto.