(Slide from: Burton, A., 2011. Characters, Fairy tales. Tanglin Trust School, unpublished.)
THE GOOD CHARACTER
The basic structure of a fairy tale involves a hero or heroine performing one or more tasks and then being rewarded as a result. The obstacle usually appears to be insurmountable but with a bit of creativity and some magical assistance a solution can be found. The obstacle may be overcome by their 'good' qualities, such as courage, cunning or goodness, by timely intervention of an accomplice with magical powers or by using a magical object.
Look at this interactive website for more information on how ordeals feature in fairy tales.
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