Essay on Olrik 's Epic Laws Of Folk Narrative

2628 Words Nov 28th, 2016 11 Pages
Olrik’s Epic Laws of Folk Narrative are principles that limit, identify and structure the creation of folklore. Schneewittchen by the Brothers Grimm is a folktale that can be perceived in many different ways. Olrik’s Laws allow for a perspective of study that, through analysis, allows for an organic, cultural conception of Schneewittchen. Identifying each of Olrik’s Epic Laws that are evident in Schneewittchen, translated to Snow-White, successfully allows for a deeper understanding of the structural approach as well as the tale. The first law of Olrik’s Epic Laws is the Law of Opening and Closing, which states that a folk tale does not begin with a sudden action or ending. (Olrik 134). There is a very obvious introduction at the beginning of the tale. Typically, these tales have evolved to share similar introductions and closings (Olrik 132). An introduction that is common includes “Once upon a time”. The Brothers Grimm Snow-White does not begin with this introduction, however many adaptations that followed such as Disney’s Snow White does. (Disney 1938) The Brothers Grimm Snow-White does include an opening scene that is extremely introductory, taking place a year before the story begins. The tale mentions characters that are meant to only set context, such as Snow-White’s mother. The Law of Opening and Closing also incorporates that a resolution does not come randomly, but is built up after a multitude of events. “The Sage begins by moving from calm to excitement, and…

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