The Art of Tall Tales: A Fictional World where Exaggeration Rules
The world of tall tales is a place where exaggeration reigns supreme. In this fictional world, the heroes and sheroes are larger than life
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Slide1What is a TallTale?
Slide2A tall tale is afictional story that stretches the truth. The heroes or sheroes of tall tales are "larger than life.“
Slide3Sometimes the heroes orsheroes in a tall tale are completely made up. Sometimes they are based on an actual person who really lived.
Slide4Through the telling of the story,these characters are given exaggerated characteristics. They are bigger or stronger than real people and solve problems in a way that is hard to believe.
Slide5Tall tales werefirst told in America by the settlers who made their homes in the American wilderness. In those days, people didn't have TV, movies, or even many books, so they depended on storytelling for their entertainment. After a long day's work, people would gather together and tell one another unbelievable stories.
Slide6The tall taleheroes and sheroes were like regular people. They did the same type of work as the settlers, except they did it with amazing speed, strength, or cleverness. Maybe having these heroes and sheroes helped give the settlers the courage to do their difficult and dangerous work.
Slide7Do you know who these classic talltale heroes are? Paul Bunyan
Slide11Four things allTall Tales Have in Common
Slide12The main character has aregular job but is larger- than-life or superhuman in his or her abilities. #1
Slide13The character has a problemor problems that he or she solves in a funny way. #2
Slide14Details in the story areexaggerated beyond belief. #3
Slide15The characters use everydaylanguage and are like common people in behavior. #4