Common Elements of Fairy Tales

 

1. A fairy tale usually begins with "Once upon a time...”

2. Fairy tales are set in the past- usually a long time ago.  

3. Fairy Tales have fantasy, supernatural, or make-believe aspects.

4. They usually have clearly defined good characters vs. evil characters.

5. Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale, such as a beautiful princess/handsome prince, castle, etc..

6. Involves magic elements, which may be magical people, animals, or objects. Magic may be positive or negative. (examples: giants, elves, talking animals, witches, or fairies)

7.  Focus the plot on a problem or conflict that needs to be solved.

 (Problem/Solution)

8. May include objects, people, or events in threes.  For example, it may take three tries to solve the problem.

9. Fairy tales usually have happy endings – “they all lived happily ever after,” which is usually based on the resolution of the conflict or problem.

10. Fairy tales usually teach a lesson, have an underlying theme or demonstrate values important to a culture.