Paul Bunyan Folktale

Page: 1075 in textbook
Brianna Denton
Core:4
5/1/14

Background Information on Paul Bunyan:

*Paul Bunyan is America's best-known folk hero. *Paul's great size allowed him to clear North Dakota of it's forests and to dig out Lake Superior. *Paul had an enormous blue ox named Babe. *The first Paul Bunyan tales came out in 1914, 1916, and 1922 and there was about 5,000 editions. * In Wisconsin, the location of one of his camps is stated to have been 45 miles west of Rhine Lander. *Bunyan was 7ft tall and with astride of 7ft * He was famous throughout the lumbering districts for his great strength. * Paul Bunyan comes from a logging camp North of Tomahawk during the winter of 1885-1886.

Questions on page:1077

1. Key Ideas and Details

1a. According to Sandburg, the origin of the Paul Bunyan stories are the people, the bookless people; they made Paul Bunyan alive long before he was in books.                       1b. When Sandburg said “some of Paul is old as the hills, young as the alphabet”, I think he meant Paul Bunyan stories have been told a long time ago, and they are still told not to long ago. They have been told for many of years.

2. Key Ideas and Details

2a. Paul Bunyan showed he was clever as well as strong when he “He dived into Lake Superior and swam to where a solid pillar of water was coming down. He dived under the pillar, swam up into it and climbed with powerful swimming strokes, was gone about an hour, came splashing down, and as the rain dropped, he explained, “I turned the darn thing off”.”(Page: 1076) He also showed he was clever and strong when his special bumblebees were suppose to kill mosquitoes but they intermarried, he brought a big boatload flowers and seeds up from Louisiana and the bee-mosquitoes were eating at the sweet flower and seeds he floated them down the Gulf of Mexico. “ They got so fat that it was easy to drown them all between New Orleans and Galveston.” (Page: 1076)               2b. It relates to he myth because they exaggerate one how strong he is, and how clever he is.

3. Key Ideas and Details

3a. Paul Bunyan stopped the rain when “ he dived into Lake Superior and swam to where a solid pillar of water was coming down. He dived under the pillar, swam up into it and climbed with powerful swimming strokes, was gone about an hour, came splashing down, and the rain stopped, he explained,” I turned the darn thing off.” (Page: 1076)     3b. This legend tells me there were probably a lot of myths in the Midwest in the early nineteenth century. It tells me they also had good imaginations, and there won’t a lot of newspapers, and a lot of lumberjacks. They sat at home and told stories.

4. Key Ideas and Details

4a. I think the Paul Bunyan stories might have been based on a real person, but they exaggerated on how strong he was to make it seem interesting that is also why I think it has been told many years.                                                                                                                   4b. The type of person in today’s world that would inspire this story would be a person who is helpful and likes to explore.

5. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

5a. A lumberjack would have been a hero because lumberjacks cut down trees and people used the wood of the trees for a lot of things, like wood for their stoves, to build things, or to keep a tree from falling on their house.                                                                                       5b. Paul Bunyan shares the qualities of today’s hero's of being kind, helpful, caring, and brave.

                                                             Summary of Paul Bunyan:

   Paul Bunyan was a caring and helpful man, as a lot of are heroic characters today. I think this story would inspire would be a person who is helpful and likes to explore.  Paul Bunyan stories have been told a long time ago, and they are still told not to long ago. They have been told for many of years.“He dived into Lake Superior and swam to where a solid pillar of water was coming down. He dived under the pillar, swam up into it and climbed with powerful swimming strokes, was gone about an hour, came splashing down, and as the rain dropped, he explained, “I turned the darn thing off”.                                 (*it would let me make a indentation*)  A  lumberjack would have been a hero because lumberjacks cut down trees and people used the wood of the trees for a lot of things, like wood for their stoves, to build things, or to keep a tree from falling on their house.  I think there was a lot of lumberjacks in the nineteenth century, I think that is why they may have exaggerated on Paul Bunyan. There is   bunch of stories from Paul Bunyan but according to Carl Sandburg the origin of Paul is the people, and the book less people. The theme of the Paul Bunyan stories You can make great things happen. It was developed through the text has the author said all the great things Paul Bunyan did.

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