Essay on Cultural Tale Analysis

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Cultural Tale CUBE-Style Analysis

Name of Tale: The Korean Cinderella

Country/Culture of Origin: Korea

Side 1: Setting

1-3 Sentence Claim of Setting: The story takes place in a village, which is located in Korea.

2-3 “Nugget” Quotes Reflective of Setting:

“In the land of Korea, where magical creatures were as common as cabbages, lived a child named Pear Blossom.”


“Back home, a dozen pear trees bloomed. "Ewha! Ewha!" chirruped the sparrows in the branches. In Korea, "Ewha" means "Pear Blossom."”


“One day, the village was having a festival.”

2-3 Sentence Explanation of Quotes: The first sentence of the story starts off with, “In the land of Korea...”. The second quote says the language they are speaking of ‘back home’ is Korean. The last talks about how their village in Korea was having a festival.

Side 2: Point of View

1-3 Sentence Claim of POV: The narrator is telling the story from 3rd person. Third person point of view uses pronouns like “he”, “she”, “it”, “they” or a name.

2-3 “Nugget” Quotes Reflective of POV:

“He put on his tall horsehair hat and went to the village matchmaker.”


“When she reached the fields, Pear Blossom dropped the basket in dismay.”


“Pear Blossom hastened to the village festival.”

2-3 Sentence Explanation of Quotes: The first sentence starts with “he”. Next, the second quote uses the words “she”, and Pear Blossom’s name. Last, the third uses the main character's name.

Side 3: Plot

1-3 Sentence Claim of Plot: The story is very consistent and follows all the parts required to call it plot. It has exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

2-3 “Nugget” Quotes Reflective of Plot:

“In the land of Korea, where magical creatures were as common as cabbages, lived a child named Pear Blossom.”


“One winter morning, when the branches on the pear tree were still bare sticks, Pear Blossom's mother died.”


“The magistrate whisked Pear Blossom onto his palanquin and the bearers carried them away into the crowd. Omoni and Peony stared speechless after the couple still wondering if it was a nightmare!”

2-3 Sentence Explanation of Quotes: The first quote is the exposition, or the beginning of the story.While the second, implies the rising action. Lastly, the third quote, describes the ending resolution to the story.

Side 4: Characterization

1-3 Sentence Claim of Characterization: The main character is Pear Blossom. Other characters mentioned throughout the story are Omoni and Peony (step mother and sister), a black ox, and the magistrate.

2-3 “Nugget” Quotes Reflective of Characterization:

“"Peony will make a good sister to Pear Blossom," the matchmaker promised.”


“When Omoni and Peony saw how beautiful Pear Blossom was, they were jealous of her.”


“The magistrate gazed after Pear Blossom, struck by her beauty.”

2-3 Sentence Explanation of Quotes: The first quote introduces Peony into the plot, while the second one introduces her a second time, but also the stepmother too. The last one introduces the magistrate, or prince.

Side 5: Tone

1-3 Sentence Claim of Tone: The tone of the story is very differed. While it is not entirely happy, it’s also not entirely…