Tetiana Lukianets. Transformation of Traditional Characters’ Images in Contemporary English and Ukrainian Literary Fairy Tales

Social Sciences / Communication / Linguistics

Submitted on: Jan 30, 2018, 07:04:05

Description: The contrast between Good and Evil is salient in fairy tales that aim at teaching children socially acceptable behavior. Conventionally, in contemporary both English and Ukrainian literary fairy tales the personages are strictly divided into the team of Good and the team of Bad. In accordance to good/bad criterion, all characters of literary fairy tales can be further subdivided into those who cause Evil; those who suffer from Evil; and those who create Good and fight against Evil. Similarly, functional classification of characters distinguishes those fairy tale personages who are perceived as good (the hero, the princess and the princessâE™ father, the donor, the (magical) helper) and those who are believed to be bad (the villain, the false hero, the dispatcher). Good characters are opposed to bad in their appearance, social status and deeds. According to the unwritten fairy tale rule, good personages always win in the end. They are praised and rewarded because they are the protectors of moral virtues and social values, while bad ones are punished for their dishonest deeds.

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