Analysis Literary of “The Elves and the Shoemaker”

The Elves and the Shoemaker Fairy Tales: are about fanciful characters with extraordinary power such as elves gnomes, trolls, globins, monsters, dragons, fairies, elves and animal talking.

Author: Jacob Ludwig and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, from Germany Examples of Most famous Fairy Tales of Brother Grimm (Rumpelstiltskin”, “Snow White”, “Rapunzel”, “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel”, and “The Frog Prince”)

Literary Form: Folklore (Fairy Tale) is a Fictional Story Characters:

Protagonist: The Shoemaker (flat character) An old man who liked to do his best effort because he really loved his profession.

Minor Characters: Shoemaker’s wife: (round Character)

The elves (Flat Character) Point Of View: Third Person (she, he, it they) Omniscient because the activities and thoughts all the characters are open and fully known by the speaker

Theme : Man who act in good faith, does a good work , he receives a reward for his actions.

Setting : In a Shoemaker’s Shop in England during the XVII century.

Title : Life is based on sacrifice and reward.

Plot : Exposition: It is when the shoemaker is talking with his wife and explains why he did his work carefully.

Rising Action: the problem develops when he went to bed and left the cut–out shapes on the workbench. In the morning, but something amazing had happened, the pair of shoes was finished. He decide to discover who is helping them.

Climax : the high Point when the happy couple decide to stay up midnight, with the surprise to discover that the elves were doing the work.

Falling Action: They decide to reward them for all their help, making clothes and shoes for the elves.

Resolution: The Shoemaker continues with his work happier than before, because they have enough money and leather to work a lifetime. Conflict External because they need money and his wife told him that the can work faster but he like to work carefully to give his customers a best work.

The Central conflict: There’s no money even to buy food for himself and his wife and there was only enough leather to make a pair of shoes.

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