(7/5/02 10:46:17 am)
| Re: Abstract style of folk tales|
If you don't mind a sort of Jungian spin on things read on...
To paraphrase Marie Louise von Franz: fairy tales are sort of a
'bare bones' map of the psyche, and the characters are often not
developed in terms of detailed characterizations (although this
is often not the case w/modern retellings) which gives fairy tales
their abstract and highly symbolic quality. Although myths are also
highly symbolic, the settings of myths are often 'fleshed out' and
the main characters are rooted in the real world as their characterization
is a major aspect of the myth. In fairy tales, characters may not
even have names! *sigh* Apologies if this doesn't make much sense,
but I don't have her book w/me to quote.