Use of humor and literal elements throughout the story
Uses of Symbolism & Allegory
What is symbolism, allegory, and folklroe?
Plot and story
About the Author
Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne is a famous American author of children's book. The most famous book that she had written is the series of the Magic Tree House. This book was traslated to over 35 languages which indicates that she is very renowned for children's book.
How we analyzed the tall tale
Throughout the story, we realized that heroes are often larger than real life. Problems are solved in very humorous ways that we found amusing. The use of humor and hyperbole helped realize the allegory/symbolism in the story along with understandment of character quantities. All of these factored into our understanding of the story and the theme along with it.
For example: "He teethed on horsehoes instead of tetthing rings and played with grizzly bears instead of teddy bears."
Mood (Beginning): The mood is very energetic because Pecos Bill is a very outgoing character.
Quote: "The rest of the Hell's Gate Gang shouted, Help! But Pecos Bill wasn't scared in the least. He swung his lariat and lassoed that cyclone around its neck."
Mood (Throughout the story): The mood throughout the story is almighty because during his quest to find The Hell's Gate Gang, he stumbles upon a rattlesnake. Pecos Bill does not fear of it but he stood up.
Quote: "Before the cussed varmint could strike, Bill had no choice but to knock him cross-eyed."
Tone (Throughout the story): The tone is eager because Pecos Bill was in search of The Hell's Gate Gang.
Quote: "Who are these feller? asked Bill"
Literary Elements 1
Literary Elements 2
Irony: The story is ironic because Pecos Bill was raised by coyotes but noticed that he was nothing like them.
Quote: "Bill turned around to look at his rear end, and for the first time in his life, he realized he didn't have a tail."
Sense of Humor: The author said, “He teethed on horseshoes instead of teething rings and played with grizzly bears instead of teddy bears.” In this quote, the author exaggerates sentence by increasing the power of words. The author also uses metaphor by saying, “When Pecos Bill was a little baby, he was as tough as a pine knot.”
The main theme of this book is if you want to prove yourself, you should find people who appreciates you. Basically, it means find a person who could show your ability well, as Pecos Bill mentioned, “The truth was Pecos Bill would soon prove to be one of the greatest cowboys who ever lived. He just needed to find of folks who’d appreciate him.”
The main conflict of this book would be based on his identity. At the beginning of the story, he was fallen and got separated from his family. Soon, he got raised from coyote. However, as he grew, he thought that he is different than the rest coyotes. Therefore, he determined himself to leave and find a new life.
What are Allegory, Symbolism, and Folklore?
An allegory is a typical story or a poem that involves a hidden meaning.
For example: A narrative that includes a certain character or abstract events.
A symbolism is a object that uses to represent ideas or qualities.
For example: An object that shows a meaning or an idea.
A folklore is a traditional beliefs, customs, or a stories. It is a verbal tradition with a common lives of human community.
Use of Symbolism & Allegory 1
Symbolism: "He saddled up the cat, jumped on his back and the four of them headed to the canyon." (Cat is Mountain Lion)
Mountain Lion symbolizes strength and leadership. But the fact that Pecos Bill jumped on top of it, it symbolizes that Pecos Bill is more of a leader and is fulll of strength.
Symbolism: "Just when the end seemed near, the sky turned a deep shade of puple."
Purple sky symbolizes death is nearby. The fact that there is purple sky means that there would be a bigger conflict to the story. In this case, it was a cyclone.
Use of Symbolism & Allegory 2
Allegory: Pecos Bill is an exaggerated character but Pecos Bill means more than just a folk hero. Cowboys had trouble with poisonous creatures in the past, but the fact that Pecos Bill fought against a rattlesnake symbolizes great power and will for the cowboys.
Allegory: Slue Foot Sue is a very powerful and wild. In the 1830s was the time of discrimination for some women and slaves. But the fact that Slue Foot Sue is very wild and powerful shows us that women are as powerful as men.
Quote: "They came across an awesome sight: a wild-looking red-haired woman riding on the back of the biggest catfish and Bill had ever seen."
1. From what you’ve learned about Pecos Bill, the story is written in 3rd point of view. Why do you think the author used third person point of view?
2. Why did Pecos Bill go through an identity crisis when he starts to grow up?
3. Why do you think the story of Pecos Bill is still told today?
4. How do you the cyclone contributes to the plot?