Aztec Creation Story

The Literature of the Americas

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Aztec Creation Story

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Adventurers who wanted to see the world have walked, biked, and dog-sledded their way across entire continents. Others have spared themselves the blisters and the expense by reading their way around the world. As French novelist André Gide says, "To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company." Your journey begins in the Americas as you read selections from Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The first selection is a classic piece of literature, which is a creation story, that has influenced later writers from the Americas.

Many cultures throughout history created myths and stories to explain natural phenomena. As these stories were created, they became part of the culture and were then passed down from generation to generation. Although they may originate in very different cultures, these stories often have common characteristics. As you read mythic literature, look for elements of symbolism and archetypal characters.

Objectives

  • Analyze characters in a myth
  • Name the elements of a creation story
  • Identify and use nouns correctly

Key Words

  • archetypes
  • creation story
  • noun