�The White Duck

�The White Duck - legends. The only magical event...

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‘The White Duck” had a number of traits by which I identified it as a folktale. For starters it offered no reaction or explanation in regards to magical feats such as turning a princess into a duck, these things simply happened. Another folktale characteristic was the use of fixed epithets, or referring only to “the white duck”. Also the use fixed formulae such as “swim now, as a white duck!” is unique to folktales. Additionally the use of indefinite articles caused concrete time or place to be defined, along with the trebling suggested by the two handsome and one starveling sibling. Sorcery is not portrayed as frightening, because the children were saved by the water of life and speech. In contrast, LI #74 was easily identified as a legend from the first sentence, which identified a character as “my grandfather himself” thus used to reference a source, assuring truth, and even went on to reference a certain wedding as a point in time. The use of “our village” is an example of a concrete detail of place, which is common in
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Unformatted text preview: legends. The only magical event (the sorcerer rising from the grave and falling victim to the magic of an aspen stake) was meant frighten people about sorcery, and is told as the main point of the story, in typical legendary fashion. LI #75 also portrays sorcery as frightening when the peasant becomes afraid and cries out to the Lord when he sees the dog that he was supposed to follow. As a result of doubting his orders, he withers and dies which one can interpret as a moral. Use of spontaneous phrases like “well, get over here” rather than simply “get over here” are also characteristic of legends. “The Sorceress” stood out as a folktale because of the numerous magical events that go unexplained, and by the emphasis on “three nights in succession” as having mystical meaning. Also the use of “in a certain” and “a certain” led to no concrete characters or place....
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2010 for the course RLST 2332 taught by Professor Mr.gayley during the Spring '10 term at Claremont McKenna College.

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