A myth has two primary functions. The first about be to answer questions that children ask, such as "How did the world get here?" and "What happens after someone dies?" and "Why does the sun go across the sky every day?" The second function is to explain the traditional customs, beliefs, and values of an existing society.
2. How do creation myths differ from nature myths?
Creation myths seek to explain how the earth came to be. Also, these myths tend to involve gods and animals, along with struggles between forces. In some of these, the death of the god or the animal forms the universe. And then in Nature myths, is a type of myth is that which seeks to explain natural phenomena that occur. These myths are supposed to be based on natural phenomena.
3. What types of works make up the literary genre of folklore?
The most common works that make up the category of folklore are legends, folktales, and fairy tales.
4. What are the characteristics of fables?
They are fiction, they are also meant to entertain. They are poetic, with double or allegorical significance. Also, they are honest tales, usually with (talking) animal characters. They are also short, and they usually have no more than two or three characters.
5. How are folktales and fairy tales related?
Folktales and fairy tales both began as oral stories that were told to help people explain the world around them. Some are more fictional with unicorns and sprites, while others are more realistic. They can also be written in rhyme or with repetitions and as narratives.
6. Early in this unit, you read the story of Daedalus and Icarus. There are at least two lessons to be learned from this myth. What might those be?
Always listen to the advice of someone who knows a lot based on their own observations and/or experience; curiosity is sometimes a dangerous thing. Also... Don't try to fly with wings made of feathers and bee's wax. Or at least use heat-resistant glue