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Determine the Theme of a Folktale

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Determine the Theme of a Folktale "Dragon life is too hard! Everyone is afraid of you, and I'm tired of accidentally setting fires! I wish I was a unicorn!" "Everyone loves unicorns because they are beautiful and unique!" "I'm sure unicorns have their problems, too. You should be happy just the way you are! You have the ability to fly! And breathing fire IS pretty cool. " "Have you ever heard the folktale, "The Stonecutter'? "No, what's a folktale?" Let's take a look at the folktale genre. Folktales are stories passed down orally from generation to generation. (...) They are frequently used to convey cultural values and beliefs (...) or to teach important lessons. For example, the value of hard work. The theme is the important lesson we take away from a story. The general themes of folktales include, kindness, (...) perseverance, (...) honesty, (...) bravery, (...) acceptance and gratitude. We can determine the theme of a folktale by looking at the character's thoughts,(...) words, (...) and actions. We can ask ourselves: why did the character act this way,(...) what did the character learn (...), and how did the character grow or change? "Now, let me tell you a tale." The Stonecutter. There was once a hardworking stonecutter. He led a simple life, spending most of his days on a hillside, cutting stones. While working one day, he noticed a procession of wealthy merchants passing by. The stonecutter wished he could have their life, envious of their wealth and power. The stonecutter looked up and noticed a magnificent figure. The Spirit asked the stonecutter what he desired, and the stonecutter wished to become as powerful as the merchants. The Spirit granted his wish, and the stonecutter was transformed into a wealthy merchant. He enjoyed his new life. However, he soon realized that being a merchant was not as easy as he thought. He had to deal with business competitors and was constantly worrying about losing his wealth. One day, he was sitting in his garden when he became overheated. He wished to become the sun when he looked up and saw it shining brightly. After the Spirit granted his wish, he became the sun. He shone brightly and felt powerful, but he soon realized he was causing droughts and suffering for people. As a result, he wished to become a cloud, bringing rain and relief to the people. He became a cloud after the Spirit granted his wish. He was relieved to provide comfort to the people, but he soon realized he was causing floods and landslides. Except for a mountain, everything was destroyed by flooding. He believed that a mountain was more powerful than any other living thing, so he wished to become one, and the Spirit granted his wish. As a mountain, he felt he had attained ultimate power and contentment. But then he felt the constant chipping of a stonecutter's hammer on his surface and wished he could be a stonecutter again. He lived the rest of his life as a stonecutter, happy and content with his simple life. Which of these ideas tell the theme of the folktale? The theme of the story is acceptance. What character actions in the story support the theme? Leave your response in the comments below. Before we see if Zayd still wants to be a unicorn, let's review. Remember, (...) the general themes of folktales include, kindness, (...) perseverance, (...) honesty, (...) bravery, (...) acceptance and gratitude. We can determine the theme of a folktale by looking at the character's thoughts, (...) words,(...) or actions. Looks like Zayd has realized he is amazing just as he is.

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  • What is a folktale?

    Hints

    A folktale is not a type of celebration or a music.

    This type of story involves narratives that carry cultural values and lessons.

    Solution

    A folktale is a story passed down orally from generation to generation.

  • What did the stonecutter become after becoming a cloud?

    Hints

    Consider the elements mentioned in the story and how the stonecutter's wishes progress.

    Think about what might come after being a cloud in terms of permanence and strength.

    Solution

    The stonecutter became a mountain after wishing to be a cloud.

  • Which character actions in "The Stonecutter" demonstrate the theme of acceptance?

    Hints

    Focus on the transformations the stonecutter undergoes and identify instances where he embraces his true self, rejecting the desire for power or wealth.

    Find parts in the story where the stonecutter is happy with a simple life or realizes the problems with what he wants.

    Solution

    The stonecutter's initial wish to become powerful like the merchants shows his lack of acceptance, but through subsequent transformations, he rejects greed and learns to accept his true self.

  • Can you determine the theme of the folktale?

    Hints

    Focus on how Droplet's actions affect others.

    What does Droplet do that makes a positive impact?

    Consider the feelings and reactions of the tiny flower.

    How does Droplet contribute to the well-being of the flower?

    Solution

    The theme of this folktale is kindness, as it focuses on the importance of small, caring actions that bring joy and comfort to others.

  • How can we determine the theme of a folktale?

    Hints

    Consider the character's inner thoughts and spoken words uncover the folktale's theme.

    Observing what the character does is important to determine the folktale's theme.

    Solution

    We determine the theme of a folktale by looking at the character's thoughts, words, and actions.

  • Why is Droplet's small size important in the story, and how does it show the theme of kindness?

    Hints

    Pay attention to how Droplet interacts with the tiny flower.

    What specific action does Droplet take that shows kindness?

    Think about the impact of Droplet's small size on its ability to help.

    How does this characteristic contribute to the theme of kindness in the story?

    Solution

    The correct answer is:

    Droplet's small size is crucial because it allows it to reach the tiny flower, demonstrating kindness through providing water.