Magic lantern slides marked as “tale genre” were inspired by a type of short literary composition about imaginary facts according to two traditions: (1) oral —without a recognized author and multiple versions that match their structure but differ in the details— and (2) adapted —in which the original short story is set in writing, the author is known, and it generally appears in one version and not several variations, which is so characteristic of folktales.
The magic lantern slides labeled with the fable subgenre illustrate a type of short literary composition in which the main characters are animals or inanimate things with human characteristics. The fable has a didactic intention of ethical and moral character that provides at the end some kind of teaching or learning, which is generally known as its moral.

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