Your papers must use the techniques and practices taught throughout this course.

Your papers must use the techniques and practices taught throughout this course. Your papers should be about 600 words not including any appendices. You may use either APA or MLA citation method. The textbook for the course uses APA. Only papers submitted through Blackboard will be considered. Please do not send your paper via e-mail or drop in my mailbox. Rubric for Papers Paper achieving the grade of A should include many of the following + Paper clearly documents the type of folklore requested in the prompt. + The essay has clear links to discussions held in the course on-line. + Aspects of assigned readings and Blackboard notes are evident. + Student’s own thoughts and opinions have been included in the conclusion. + Any quotes have been included in quotation marks or indented text and do not make up more than 10% of the paper. Longer passages are included in appendices and do not figure as part of the word count. Source of quotes are noted at the end of the paper. + Essay is roughly 600 words. Your paper should have a heading and be double spaced (that means set the line spacing to 2). Your heading for you next paper should be something like your name, course, professor’s name, Essay #2, & date. Please remember that these are academic essays. The way you write should be more formal than an e-mail or text message. Make sure you spell-check and grammar-check your essays before you submit them. ———————————————————————————– Many of you know this story already, “Open Sesame”. This story has been recorded around the world. We of course focus on Irish versions. My English translation of Seáinín Tom’s version appears below. I am asking you to compare this with a tale collected in English not far from the Aran Islands in County Clare; a version taken down from storyteller Tom Cotter. Use the rubric once again in the syllabus. Don’t forget to check the specific feedback on your Essay #1 and the general feedback above. ———————— #1 Chapter 8 of Ó h-Íde, T. (forthcoming). Seáinín Tom Sheáin: From Árainn to the Silver Screen. Dublin: The Folklore of Ireland Council. Open Sesame: Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin’s Version “The rich brother and the poor brother” There were two brothers long ago and one of them was poor and the other one rich. The poor man went one day into the woods gathering a full ass-drawn cart of wood. He was there a while when he saw people going out of a cliff. When they went out, they said “Open up Same” and when they were out, they said “Shut same” and the door shut again. When they were gone, the poor man went to the door and said the same words, and the door opened itself, and he went inside and filled his drawers with gold. When he came out, he said the same words that the people said, and the door closed again. He went off then, and he took with him the gold on the ass-drawn cart. When he went home, he said to his wife that he had enough money. He sent for his brother to ask for a chance to weigh the gold. The wife of his brother did not know what business he was up to with the cart, and she put flour in the bottom of the cart. When they had weighed the gold, they returned the cart, and there was a sovereign (forgotten) at the bottom of the cart. The brother approached him and asked where he got the wealth that he had. He told him that he would find it himself in the same place if he were to go there. The two went off the following morning, and they went to the forest. It wasn’t long until the people went out again, and they said the same words. When they were gone, the rich man went to the door, and he said, “Open up Same” and the door opened. He went inside, and he was filling until he had enough, but he didn’t know what he should say when he was going out. The people then came, and when they opened the door there he was before them. They killed him, and they threw him out. The other brother took him home to his wife, and that is what became of the rich brother. I received this story from Seán Ó Dioráin Sruthán (69 yrs.) NFCS 2A:510-512; Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin (69), Sruthán, Árainn. Collector: Micheál Ó Flannagáin, Eoghanacht National School, County Galway, 1938. Teacher: Mícheál Ó Flannagáin. Translation by Tomás Ó h-Íde. ———————– #2 Open Sesame: Tom Cotter’s Version “A Story” There did two brothers live in Carrownagry South. Their names were McMahon. They were both merchants, one was a rich man and the other one poor. The rich man’s wife had no use for the poor man’s wife. Tiermana Wood was very convenient. The poor man had a black donkey and cart. He used go there often for kindling. This day he was up in a tree cutting down fire wood. There did twenty men came riding on horses. They stopped when they came to a big rock in the wood. The captain came off and hit a tip in this rock and said “Open Sesame,” so it opened, and they went in; they had the best of eatables and the best of drink. When they had eaten, they came out, mounted their horses, and rode away. The poor man that was up in the tree came down and said “Open Sesame”. He went in and the best of eatables were inside after the people that had just left. When he had enough of things eaten he went from room to room, they were full of gold and silver. He went out and brought in all the bags he had filled with sticks. He emptied them and filled them with gold. He took them home. He sent to the rich brother for a pot to measure it. The brother’s wife rubbed grease to the bottom of the pot; she was [curious as to] what did he wanted it for. When she sent the pot back, the rich man’s wife looked at the pot and the print of sovereign coins was in it. He was richer than his brother then. NFCS 623:267-269; Tom Cotter (68), Carrownagry South, County Clare. Collector: Susan Killeen, Scropul National School, Mullach, Drummin, County Clare, 1938. Teacher: M. Ó Callanain.

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