Evaluating Literature. Table of Contents Criteria for selecting books to help kids develop personal insight and awareness of social concerns Aesthetic Response Literary Criteria: Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, Language Genres:
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What about traditional literature?
Characters are usually symbolic of traits: virtue or evil, wisdom, stupidity. They do not change. They do not grow.
The setting is often vague, anytime or anyplace.In folktales the reader knows that it is a place where magic abounds.
The plot is simple. We know about the characters, setting, problem and very early on in the story.
The themes are moralistic such as reward for good/punishment for evil. Traditional tales are universal yet rooted in particular cultures and often contain cultural information.