The Dark Forest of Fairy Tales Analytical Essay by Calwriter

The Dark Forest of Fairy Tales
Examines the symbolism of dark forests in classic children's literature.
# 54407 | 1,984 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2004 in Literature (Children) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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Fairy tales are rightly seen by many authors and critics, from Jung to Bruno Bettelheim, as repositories for archetypes and for vital social messages. Additionally, they must be seen as a literary genre by themselves, and elements, which may be seen archetypically, must also be taken in terms of their literary function. In this light, the paper studies the role of the forest in fairy tales, both as a reference to the archetype of the dark forest and as a social reference to the land outside civilization. The paper points out how the forest operates as a literary device to isolate the characters quickly from their familiar world by placing them into another realm. The paper examines various symbols of the forest in children's literature, including death and rebirth, subconscious and gender issues.

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