Table Comparison of folk and literary tales

Folk tale Literary fairy tale
The author is the people. The author is a specific person (he is a creator).
The author’s attitude to the characters is not visible.

Permanent epithets.

The author’s attitude to the characters is visible.
Exists orally Created in writing.
Every fairy tale exists

in several versions.

(The narrator can make changes.)

No changes are allowed.
The time of creation is impossible to determine The time of the creation of the tale is known.
A folk tale is limited to a specific genre:

– magic,

– household,

– about animals

Not limited to a specific genre,

includes features

everyday fairy tale, and magic,

and animal tales

and even science fiction.

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