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Anthropomorphism in Folktales

An exploration into the purpose behind the use of personification and anthropomorphism in folktales across cultures.

Aaron Linehan

on 16 January 2011

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Transcript of Anthropomorphism in Folktales

WE Anthropomorphize Everything! Explaining & Predicting Intentional Stance Belief Intent Thinking Physical Stance MASS + Energy + Chemical Compostion = RESULT Design Stance Function
Purpose A B Animal Behavior,
Natural Phenomenon,
Etc. Intentional Stance Interpreted Through Application of Human Attributes Lion Coyote Br'er Rabbit But Why? 3 Levels of Abstraction Archetypes Thus Forming Anthromorphs That Serve As Universally recognized symbolic models of particular persons, personalities, or behaviors. African/African American Asian European Latin American Native American consciousness
Morality Cultural Archetypes Raven Jackel Trickster Clever and Quick-witted Dim-witted
Breaks Promises
Proud Br'er Bear
Dopey Thieving Mice Cat & Mouse = Predator & Prey Trickster
Deity Trickster The Devil Trickster
Sly Frogs Transforming into Princes and Princesses Foxes Sly
Tricksters The Wise Owl Trickster
Embodiment of Evil Squirrels Cunning
Tricksters Tigers Protectors
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