By: Lauren Sung
An American Folktale
Despite there being several different adaptations to the stories, a few traits constantly stay the same: he has a resolve to overcome any and all obstacles in his path, impressive strength, speed and skill. However, it is resolve that is the moral of several of the Bunyan-centered stories. An example is the story 'Paul Bunyan Tames the Whistling River' and 'Paul Bunyan and the Log Jam'. The common traits of these tall tales, teaching a lesson and having a clear conflict, makes them folktales, as well as the fact that they were originally passed down orally and has strange "powers".