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Characteristics of folktales. What are the common characteristics of folktales? 1) Oral tradition 2) Similar characters 3) Exciting plot. Characteristics of folktales. 1) What do you mean by oral tradition? Oral tradition means stories based on: Storytellers’ place

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characteristics of folktales
Characteristics of folktales

What are the common characteristics of folktales?

1) Oral tradition

2) Similar characters

3) Exciting plot

Academic Connections 1 by C. Betsy and T.M. Marit

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Characteristics of folktales

1) What do you mean by oral tradition?

Oral tradition means stories based on:

  • Storytellers’ place
  • Storytellers traditions and culture

Eg.: Raven= to another animal in other stories

Academic Connections 1 by C. Betsy and T.M. Marit

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Characteristics of folktales

2) What similarities do you find in the characters of folktales?

  • They are usually ordinary characters doing extraordinary things.
  • They have 1 or 2 strong characteristics.

Eg.: Raven is generous/tricking the chief

Chief is selfish/not smartThey are clever

  • Animals have human qualities.

Eg.: spider/turtle

Academic Connections 1 by C. Betsy and T.M. Marit

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Characteristics of folktales

3) What do you mean by an exciting plot?

  • It happens ‘a long time ago’…..
  • It begins quickly with a problem
  • The characters use tricks/skills/magic to complete a task
  • Good characters win and bad ones lose.

Academic Connections 1 by C. Betsy and T.M. Marit