On page 222, Bell writes, “[T]he bear was no human woman anymore…but some other thing, adversary made killer made legend: And although I might have felt remorse at the killing of a woman, how could I feel the same for a myth, this unlovable story?” This made me revisit our discussions of genre for this book. So, I wanted to bring together some (admittedly simple) definitions of the genres mentioned in the quote above so that we can consider them alongside horror, and so that we could continue to look at the different genres’ intricacies and differences. I took the parts of the definitions that seemed relevant (all from

Myth: a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon; a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; especially :  one embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society; a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence

Legend: a story coming down from the past; especially :  one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable; a popular myth of recent origin

Story: an account of incidents or events; the intrigue or plot of a narrative or dramatic work


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