english_Cinderella Thompson

english_Cinderella Thompson - rhyme and meter and similar...

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For thousands of years, the only means of expressing a tale was through spoken word. Before  the developments of a technological era, the prominent form of entertainment was oral  storytelling. Talented storytellers were venerated just as famous actors of our current society  are; they took pride in their ability to captivate an audience. Out of necessity, these folktales are  full of literary devices to aid memory such as repetition of phrases and events, established 
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Unformatted text preview: rhyme and meter, and similar motifs maintained throughout different tales. As Stith Thompson says in his article Fairy Tales: A Closer Look at Cinderella , “it is impossible to make a complete separation of the written and oral tradition,” which is made evident in the many versions of the tale “Cinderella” through the representation of several characteristics of oral storytelling (Thompson 588)....
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