Myth and Legend - description of story elements and quality characteristics

Characters, plot, setting, theme, events, real life all ages problems based on real life events, setting is every time.

Story Elements


  • Characters are very few Animated, inanimate, or personified gods or humans with super or god like traits.
  • The gods or superheroes can take the form of human, but are immortal with super natural powers.


  • Place is cultural relevant.
  • Time is past realistic time.


  • The plot will most likely include plenty of action, suspense, and basic conflict.
  • May offer explanations about the beginnings of the world or natural phenomenon.
  • May also focus on difficult tasks or obstacles to be overcome.
  • Plot deals with relationships between humans and gods/ superheroes, or gods/ superheroes and gods/ superheroes, the way people accept or fulfill their destiny, and human's struggle with god and evil forces both within themselves and outside themselves.
  • Others plots tell how the world began, how people were made, how seasons change, animals have certain characteristics, how the moon, sun, and earth interact…


  • A collection or set of myths becomes a Mythology.
  • A mythology can have a connected plot about an institution, situation, behavior, or happening that provides an explanation of power through force or energy in human form. With the force or energy used to control nature, people, or a complex situation. This control is traditionally exercised by gods with godly attributes.
  • Attributes can be for good or bad: wise, foolish, love, hate, virtuous, evil, …
  • In a more modern sense the beings may be superheroes.


  • Explains natural phenomena, origins of life, human behavior, social phenomena, religious customs, human strengths, weaknesses or lessons for life.


  • Reflects culture's customs, values, and beliefs.
  • Reflection of human strengths, frailities, weaknesses, or imperfections.
  • Usually includes supernatural beings or events.
  • Believe main character can survive all obstacles to achieve goal.


  • Reader is lead to new insights and/or understandings.

Point of View

  • Often third person narrative.

Quality Characteristics



Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©