The structure of folk tales

Gouda houses and bridge
Crossing the bridge to the main square in Gouda

Today, my storytelling workshop in Gouda, has us looking at the structure of the standard folk tale.  This gets me thinking more about the sequences for Anancy spiderman stories that I plan to retell.  Peter Fruhmann explains to us how with traditional folk tales you have:

  • Context – where the characters and setting is explained
  • Turning point – where the problem is introduced
  • Action – where the characters in the story react to the problem
  • Reversal – where more things go wrong
  • Resolution – the story dilemma is resolved and the characters react to that resolution