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5/22/2005  

Q & A -- Folktale Characteristics

Question: I visited your web page and need more information regarding the characteristics of folk tales for a student educational plan. Anything you could provided would be very helpful.

Answer: Below are some characteristics of folktales.

Folktales:
  • Are generally part of the oral tradition of a group. Most stories are told rather than read
  • Are passed down from one generation to another
  • Take on the characteristics of the time and place in which they are told, and the personality of the stroyteller
  • Speak to universal and timeless themes. The try to make sense of our existence, help humans cope with the world in which they live, or explain the origin of something.
  • Are often about the common person
  • May contain supernatural elements
  • Function to validate certain aspects of culture

Sources: http://www.ferrum.edu/applit/lessons/MtHumorLP2.htm
http://www.harlan.k12.ia.us/mrsc/folktale_characteristics.htm
http://michigan.gov/scope/0,1607,7-155-10710_10733_10735-40269--,00.html




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