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symbolizes the human experience and embodies the spiritual values of a culture
Myth
A myth explains
origins, natural phenomena, death, nature&function divinities, models virtuous behavior through the adventures of heros or arrogant behavior of humans
every societ preserves these
Myth
originates through the oral tradition
myth
Elements of a Legen
Wmo am i, what is the nature of the universe, how much control do we have over my own life, what must i do to survive, how can i reconcile my own death
presents us with new insights values & ideas
myth
immortal-->supernatural powers
God
often protected by Gods
Hero
god of the sea
Poseidon
nymph
Calypso
athena
goddess of wisdom
zeus's wife
hera
told from the "I" point of view
1rst person
narrator speaks directly to reader
2nd person
3rd person
or omniscient- all knowing
setting
place and time infiction
theme
general idea or insight about life
plot/conflict
struggle found in fiction, internal or external
recurring theme
motif
action that interrupts to show an event that happened earlier
flashback
action that interrupts to show an event that happened earlier
flashback
symbolism
object or action that means more than literal
method used by a writer to develop a character appearances, actions, thoughts, dialogue, reaction of others
characterization
The Pad fell

What type of sentence is this?
Simple
the mouse pad fell on the floor, and the mouse landed on top.
Compound
the mouse pad fell on the floor when the cat jumped on the desk
Complex
a reference to a person, place, poem, book, or movie outside of the story that the author expects the reader will recognize
allusion
a novel in which the main character or characters grow, mature, or understand the world in adult terms
Coming of Age
a distinctive variety of language spoek by members of an identifiable regional group, nation, or social class
Dialect
an interruption of main action, accopmlished by telling stories unrelated to the main plot. This serves to provide background information, explain charcter motivation, establish interest, build suspense, and inform the reader of the action to come
Digression
a subtle, sometimes humorous perveption of inconsistenct in which the significance of statement or even is changed by its content
Irony
the audience knows more about a character's situation than the character does, foreseeing an outcome contrary from the character's expectations. The character's statements have one meaning for the character and a different meaning to the reader, who know more than the character
Dramatic irony
a discrepancy between what is said and what is really meant; sarcasm
Verbal Irony
misuse of a longer word for humourous effect
malapropism
the position or vantage point from which the events of a story seem to come and are presented to the reader
Point of View
using humor to ridicule (to make a point)
Satire
when and where the short story, play, or novel takes place
setting
a comparison between two different things using either like or as
Simile
a long narrative poem which celebrates the deeds of legendary heroes
Epic
an extended simile that usually compares one complex concept with another. it is a simile rich in detail and often so long as to be a digression from the main action. epic similes are usually the length of a paragraph and sometimes longer. These similes gave the speaker a chance to take a break from telling a fresh story and fall back on previously used material. Sometimes they include the words "like" or "as" but do not necessarily follow that form
Epic Simile
an extended simile that usually compares one complex concept with another. it is a simile rich in detail and often so long as to be a digression from the main action. epic similes are usually the length of a paragraph and sometimes longer. These similes gave the speaker a chance to take a break from telling a fresh story and fall back on previously used material. Sometimes they include the words "like" or "as" but do not necessarily follow that form
Epic Simile
an adjective or phrase which delineates a personality by the attributes possessed byt the person or thing. Example: Archille the invicible
Epithets
A Latin expression meaning the story begins in the middle of the acction. Because the audience listening to the epic already knew mos tof the details, the teller of the tale did not need to start at the beginning of the action.
in media res
the transference of stories, songs, etc., from one generation to another or from one culture to another.
oral tradition
an object, person, or place that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself, usually an idea or concept; some concrete thing which represents an abstraction
symbol
the act of drawing a conclusion that is not actually stated
inference
a brief story or tale that obliquely depicts a moral or life lesson
parable
an interruption of the main action, accomplished by telling stories unrelated to the main plot. This serves to provide background information, explain character motivation, establish interest, build suspense, and inform the action to come
digression
the use of an animal or aspect of nature to foretell an even; a sign. also indcates whether an even is to be good or evil. in the odysse they illustrate the will of the gods. for example, a thunderclap right after a prayer is this and this means the gods approve of the prayer. this often foreshadows, but the latter is usually plot-driven, rather than symbolic
omen
a naive hero whose view of the world differs from the author's and reader's. this flatters the reader's intelligence at the expense of the hero
Structural irony