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Cultural Folktale Analysis

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Tracy Fitzpatrick

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of Cultural Folktale Analysis

Native American Folktales
Characters are individuals; human or animal with a close-knit family or tribe.
The setting often takes place long ago or when time began and with in nature.
The plot tells a story of creation or how something came to be.
The theme preserves morals and beliefs of each tribe. It gives us knowledge of rituals, warns us against things that may harm us, and gives us wisdom gained through age and experience.
Glooscap and the Baby- How the came to say "Goo!"
How Men and Women get together.
African Folktales
Charcters range fom humans to talking animals and vegetables.
The setting reveals the vastness of the land and educated the reader of climate: dry seasons, rainy season, acacia trees swaying the breeze
The plot begins with the main character placed into an everyday avtivity and then faced with the challenge/problem.
Theme- Very rarely is this your typical "happily ever after" ending that one would expect but rather a harsh lesson learned by the protagonist and on some occasions the antagonist. Trickery often plays a role when the antogonist defeats the protagonist.
Brer Bear Gets a Taste of Man involves two talking animals. Brer Rabbit uses his wit to convince Brer Bear that a man would taste better then him. Brer Bear learns fast that a man with a gun does not taste better.
European Folktales
Characters are human and involve enchantment
The setting takes place in many geographical features and many places can be traced back and visited.
The plot leaves you in suspense until the end of the story.
The theme reinforces what we know is right; two wrongs don't make a right or follow your dreams.
The Two Pickpockets stole their fortune and lived happily, their baby inherites their desire and greed. He is born with a crippled hand but come to find he has been clenching on to a golden watch so tightly creating a crippled look with his hand. The discovery is made when the baby lets go of the watch and reaches for diamonds! Asian Folktales
Characters range from humans, villans, and creature.
The setting describes nature and the world around. It is similar to that of Latin America and medieval times with castles and dragons.
The plot often explain forces of nature. It protrays feelings, struggles and aspirations of common people.
The theme placed an importance on harmony with nature, respect for ancestors, and how something came to be. Latin American Folktales
Characters are human, enchanted animals, and ghost.
The setting takes place in medieval times describing castles and thick wilderness.
The plot has many turning points and much more detail then others. The antogonist over comes multiple problems rather then just one.
The themes here are similar to that of European and Native American. There are many stories of ancient times and ancestors or stories that reinforce what we know is right.
Love Like Salt taught forgiveness and never assume your interpretation is correct.
The tinker and the Ghost taught the importance of food and how is can calm any situation Folktales From Around the World
Each story holds it's own morals and beliefs throught the teachings of the storyteller.
Conflict between characters is generally good vs. evil.
Characters are undeveloped and essentially symbolic and flat, they do not change.
Vladimir Propp (1968) analysed 100 Russian folktales and identified 31 recurring actions. He concluded that the actions in folktales
do not result from the country or origin; instead, consistency results because the tales remain true to folk tradition.
The theme overall reflects a universal truth and values of the times and societies where they originated.
Intelligence is superior to physical strength
Love and honor can overcome the fiercest of obstacles
Hard work brings rewards The End Folktales From Around the World
By: Tracy Fitzpatrick
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