Why is "Rumpelstiltskin" said to have near perfect "structure" in fairy tales?

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Fairy Tales are cultural tales told to reflect certain cultural traditions and moral truths. There are certain plot elements that always occur within fairy tales. Some of these elements are a character being banished, or confronted with a problem, or being forced to accomplish some difficult task (like spin straw into gold). There is always also a miracle.

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Jack Zipes “Cross-Cultural Connections and the Contamination of the Classical Fairy Tale” in The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm, ed. Jack Zipes, New York: WW Norton & Co., 2001, pp. 845-868.