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Column A: Deception
Column B: Imprisonment
Column C: Emotional Reaction
Column D: Bartering
Column E: Rejoicing/Greed
Column F: Demands
Column G: Protagonist taking proactive route

Myth tends to repeat its ‘mythemes’ over and over. Lévi-Strauss suggests that this is to render the structure of the myth apparent. He goes on to describe how when different versions of one myth are put together they create a kind of slated effect. There are many different versions of Rumpelstiltskin floating around, but through repeating the same basic points over and over the basic structure of the story remains the same. The daughter may not be a miller’s daughter in the next iteration of the myth, but she will always be locked into a room several times by the king. It repeats so much to preserve the story even through repeated tellings.

2 Responses to “Mytheme Table and Growth/Structure”

  1.   Kevin L. Ferguson said:

    Interesting chart–you seem to suggest that the structure of this myth has a moral lesson: readers should learn to be more proactive. This definitely takes the girl’s side of things, though. Is the manikin just there to be the classic evil villain?

  2.   mikadroz said:

    I do think that one of the lessons is to be more proactive, but also not to promise something you can’t give. The girl may have been lucky and gotten a happy ending, but it also shows how close she came to losing her child. I don’t think the manikin is a classic evil villain though, because he shows a friendly side of himself before showing his darker side. Perhaps that’s another lesson as well– even the friendliest people/manikins might have an ulterior motive!

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