In the folktale “The Three Little Pigs” repetition is used as a literary device when the Big, Bad Wolf says, “Little pig, little pig, let me in,” over and over again. For this journal entry, now that you’ve read to page 120 in The Hobbit, please comment on the following, numbering your responses:
- Name a folktale that uses repetition.
- Quote the words or describe the events that are repeated in that tale.
- What elements of The Hobbit remind you of folklore you’ve heard or read before?
- How is The Hobbit different from your example of folklore?
I know it’s difficult, but try not to repeat the same answers that others give. So I’m going to use “The Three Little Pigs” in the following example, therefore, you cannot use it in your response:
SAMPLE RESPONSE FOR HOBBIT TOPIC #10:
- “The Three Little Pigs” uses repetition.
- The Wolf knocks on each of three pigs’ doors and says, “Little pig, little pig, let me in,” in this fable.
- Tolkien’s The Hobbit uses wolves as antagonists (bad guys), and this reminds me of the fable, “The Three Little Pigs”.
- The Hobbit is different from “The Three Little Pigs” in that it has a clan of intelligent wolves who band together with goblins, forming a political war-like union, instead of just one wolf who’s hungry and wants to fill his tummy.
Now that I’ve used “The Three Little Pigs” please don’t use that example. Come up with your own. Need some ideas? Look inside a book of fairy tales or search for fairy tales on wikipedia. Here are some helpful links:
Note: at the bottom of these wikipedia articles (if you scroll down) you may find links to actual stories you could read, so your responses will be about a folktale that no one else has used in their comments.