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What is genre?
Genre: The major category into which a literary work fits.
Genre is important as it shapes a story's themes and corresponding analysis. It can also give you a good idea of background.
What are some different categories of genre?
🎆 Classic works are noteworthy for their complexity and historical relevance. Transcending time, these great works appear on the syllabus for most English classes. You'll read a few yourself in AP Lit!
🎇 ex: Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and War and Peace
🎆 Fables are short stories that convey a moral. Most include animals as the main subject.
🎇 ex: The Tortoise and the Hare
🎆 Folktales are stories spread by word of mouth. Most originate in popular culture.
🎇 ex: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jack and the Beanstalk
🎆 Legends are semi-true stories that hold symbolism and meaning for the culture they originated from. Based on truth or historic facts, they add mythical qualities.
🎇 ex: Robin Hood
🎆 Myths concern a hero, and describe natural phenomena. They usually involve historical events and supernatural beings.
🎇ex: The Odyssey and The Iliad by Homer.
- Science fiction
🎆 Science fiction is imaginative yet based on science. It uses scientific principles to support its plot-lines and themes.
🎇 ex: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Giver by Lois Lowry.