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Mytheme Table – Growth and Structure

November 9th, 2011

In the story Rumpelstiltskin, which we are considering as a myth, both growth and structure are apparent.  The story starts to build and grow at the beginning when the father lies to the King about his daughter being able to spin straw into gold.  From that point on the story grows by describing the daughter’s frustration of being unable to complete this task and how she deals with this situation.  Structure is also part of this story because of the constant repetition.  The repetition allows the reader to place each event in its proper place and order to better understand the structure of the story.  In Rumpelstiltskin the dialogue between the daughter and the Manikin is repeated each time that the little man appears to help the girl.  The growth of this story is a continuous process and the structure has breaks or gaps.

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  1. November 12th, 2011 at 01:35 | #1

    You put “manikin splits itself in two” under the Happiness category! I guess you see the girl as the primary character?

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