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Fairy Tales Myths and Folktales

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Emily Kopeck

on 9 November 2012

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Myths Folktales and Fairy Tales Far Far Away Fairy Tales Your turn! Choose a fairy tale on the table Analysis Can you Fracture it? What makes up a fair tale? more on fairy tales Myths Folktales Fairy Tales How do we tell them apart? A myth is a made-up story that explains the existence of a natural phenomenon — such as where thunder comes from or why snow falls from the sky. Myths — which often include gods and goddesses and other supernatural characters who have the power to make extraordinary things happen — are popular even when people know the actual reasons for natural phenomena. The oldest fairy tales were told and retold for generations before they were written down. French fairy tales were the first to be collected and written down, but now we can read fairy tales from almost any culture. When these stories were studied together, something amazing was discovered. From countries as distant and different as Egypt and Iceland similar fairy tales are told. Both Egypt and Iceland have "Cinderella" stories, as do China, England, Korea, Siberia, France, and Vietnam; and the list doesn't stop there. There may be a thousand versions of the Cinderella story, each with a unique telling which carries cultural information about the time and place the story was told. One thing is for sure; people everywhere like stories in which truth prevails over deception, generosity is ultimately rewarded, hard work overcomes obstacles, and love, mercy and kindness are the greatest powers of all. Folktales are often stories of animals that act like humans, and that live in a world of wonder and magic. Most of these stories convey a message or moral to the reader, or explain something in a creative way. Folktales are often passed down and retold from generation to generation. Using your notes see if you can identify the common elements found in a fairy tale.
Make a list of those elements found in your fairytale. *in your reading journal
Summarize your fairytale. Fairy tales with very similar plots, characters, and motifs are found spread across many different cultures.
Fairy tales also tend to take on the color of their location, through the choice of motifs, the style in which they are told, and the depiction of character and local color. read the entire text Quickly using your analysis of your fairy tale try to fracture the story in your writing journal...
change the locations
change the point of view
change the characters. A fairy tale, or wonder tale, is a kind of folktale or fable.
Fairy tales typically take place in a magical time: “Once upon a time, in a land far away.” · A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events. The term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance," though not all fairy tales end happily. Fairy tales are a genre in literature. They have their roots in the oral tradition For example: How many versions of Cinderella do you think there are? http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0510a.html There are several elements (specific parts) to a fair tale. special beginning and ending words
Character Archetypes
magic and enchantments
reoccurring patterns/numbers
universal truths (morals, themes) Fractured Fairy Tales
Fractured fairy tales are traditional fairy tales, rearranged to create new plots with fundamentally different meanings or messages. Fractured fairy tales are closely related to fairy-tale parodies, but the two serve different purposes: parodies mock individual tales and the genre as a whole; fractured fairy tales, with a reforming intent, seek to impart updated social and moral messages.” A fairy tale is a folktale, but a folktale is not always a fairytale. Simply...
It is a fairy or other folk tale that has been modified in such a way as to make us laugh at an unexpected characterization, plot development or contrary point of view. in your
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