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Compare and contrast essay - Fairytales and folklores have...

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Fairytales and folklores have been passed on for hundreds of years. It is no wonder that these stories have changed over time. Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the most popular fairy tales in the world. Different versions of this story can be found in most cultures across the globe in one form or another. Equally interesting, is the fact that each country is very likely to have several variations of this single tale. There are at least eight different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk published over the past 150 years in English language and thought to be hundreds of different variations worldwide. Even though there are many differences in each version of this popular fairy tale, there are just as many similarities in the story that remained intact. Some of these stories are largely the same story, however the title is different. For instance, “Jack the Giant Killer” written by Joseph Jacobs, is the same story line but a different title. In “Jack the Giant Killer”, the giant in the story is named Blunderdore whereas in most other versions the giant was never given a specific name. The wonderful thing about fairy tales is they are simply imaginative stories. There are no rights or wrongs when writing a fairy tale. Readers are able to read the many different versions of the same story line and remain interested and connected to the story. Writers have even revised Jack and the Beanstalk several times to connect with the audience of a specific culture. For example, in New Guinea, there is a folklore told of a young boy who travels up the beanstalk with his mother to kill a giant named Tauni- Yani-Yani. The New Guinean version was revised to fit their culture as the giant causes too many storms which is killing Jack and his mother’s crops and in turn, leading them to poverty. There is of course an English version, an East Indian version, an Asian version, a German version, and even a Hawaiian version of Jack and the Beanstalk. It is thought that some of the stories were rewritten to simply remove such items as the
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