By: Harrison Zhu
Characteristics of Folk Tales
Conflicts: In Paul Bunyan: The Giant Lumberjack, mosquitoes are present. Bunyan and his lumberjack partners fought off the mosquitoes with sticks, but Bunyan went to extremes and brought bees to combat the mosquitoes. Unfortunately, the bees and the mosquitoes intermarried and created worse insects. Fortunately, since the bugs craved sweets, they swarmed a fleet of ships bringing sugar to Paul's camp. The mosquitoes got so fat that they couldn't fly and Bunyan used two mosquitoes to drill holes in maple trees.
Human foolishness: Paul Bunyan also had a camp pet. One day, one of Paul's partners accidentally cut Sport the Reversible Dog in half with an axe. In haste to repair this, they sewed Spot up quickly before realizing that the dog was with back legs in the air. This didn't bother Sport, though. He played until his front legs were too tired to play and then flopped around with his bottom legs.