Examples of folk tales include "Johnny Appleseed," "Babe the Blue Ox" and the "Headless Horseman." These are types of American folktales.Continue Reading
A folktale is any story or tradition that were originally verbally shared among generations. Over time, they have been written down, but are still considered to be folktales.
Each country has their own folktales that reflect the culture and people of the area. In the U.S., "Babe the Blue Ox" follows the lives of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. The series of stories explains how certain landforms were created, such as the Grand Canyon, which formed when Paul Bunyan dragged his ax across the ground and created huge rivets in the earth, forming the valleys and canyons of the region.Learn more about Folklore
Johnny Appleseed is a modern-day folk hero in stories based on the life of John Chapman. Chapman lived in the eastern United States from 1774 to 1845. The name "Appleseed" refers to the folk hero's tendency to randomly plant apple trees wherever he goes throughout his stories.Full Answer >
The Headless Horseman is a mythical character who appears in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by American author Washington Irving. Within the framework of Irving’s fictional narrative, the Horseman is said to have been a Hessian soldier who dies during the American Revolutionary War after losing his head to cannon fire, then continues to haunt the small village of Sleepy Hollow, riding at night in search of his head.Full Answer >
Some scary monsters made famous in literature are Frankenstein's Monster, Count Dracula, the Headless Horseman, Mister Hyde and Grendel. Frightening monsters that made their first appearances in the movies include the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Thing, the Fly, Pinhead and the Xenomorph from "Alien."Full Answer >
Examples of epic literature include "Beowulf," "Paradise Lost," and "Jerusalem Delivered." "Epic of Gilgamesh" is also a piece of epic literature.Full Answer >