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“The wicked mother allowed free passage to all those inquisitive people who wanted to see the child that still crawled at the age of seven.” - Niane, pg 444.

First of all you notice right away that the construction of each of these versions of the same story is very different. This includes the way in which the words are broken down and laid out on the page. It is easy to see that the Johnson version of the story is much more based on the original oral tale. It is written in almost a poetic form which means that it was likely meant to be read allows or performed. It is very interesting to look at the portrayal of the mother in each version of the oral tale because they are so contrast.

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