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What are the similarities and differences between epic tales and myths?   

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Epics and myths are both forms that were created long ago and were mostly passed down orally for centuries. However, there are several differences between these two revered literary genres.

By definition, an epic is a long, narrative poem (it tells a story). An epic features an epic hero who is a larger-than-life figure (though he is not divine or immortal in most cases). Good and evil are strictly defined in most epics. The epic generally tells the story of a hero's victories over a villain.

Myths tackle a wider range of topics, including origin stories and the exploits of gods and goddesses. Myths tend to be shorter, anecdotal stories rather than long narratives. In myths, writers often use archetypes and characters are typically static. Rather than telling the story of one hero's quest, myths can tell the stories of how natural phenomena came to be or how gods and goddesses interact and vie for power.

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The terms epic tale and myths are certainly sometimes confused because they share...

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