Literature: Myth and Legend
A Myth is a kind of oral narrative which explains matters that concern the beliefs, certain phenomena in human life. It gives truthful accounts of events that happened in the past. Myth, therefore, provides an explanation for different natural things in life. For instance, why do we have day and night, why do men not bear children like women? Why are there stars in the sky?
Features of Myths
- Myth is a story that is considered a true explanation of the natural world and how it came to be.
- It involves mystery (the unknown)
- Myth seeks to provide an explanation of our existence and answer questions like who are we? Why are we here?
- Characters are often non-humans. For example goddess, supernatural beings.
A legend is a narrative story about human beings or non-human objects such as plants, or hills which one time or the other played significant roles in human life. Such figures, who are not usually gods must have attained heroic status on earth. They are defied and worshipped because of their achievements.
- Give short definition of Legend.
- Write three features of Myth.
- Give three examples of Present Continuous Tense
- Change the following words to Past Tense: give, stand, run, come, buy, so, think, meet, put, hold.
- Write an argumentative composition to oppose or for, on “immunization is good for children”.
Reference: New Comprehensive English For Schools and Colleges by Martins Izuchukwu Amaechi.