(10/22/02 7:00:45 pm)
| Archetypes found
in Fairy Tales.
Hi, I am in my last year of highschool and I am doing a project
on Fairy Tales. It's on archetypes, patterns and symbols. I have
most of that stuff done but now I need to find literature that follows
the archetype of a fairy tale. Also, I need to figure out why books
that we read now (books that we study in highschool) follow the
the same patterns of a fairy tale. If any of you can help me that
would be fantastic!
(10/23/02 5:13:01 am)
It would help if we knew what you're referring to when you say "books
that we read now...that we study in high school..."
Which books exactly are the ones that follow the same patterns of
a fairy tale? And in what sense--that is, what patterns are being
(10/23/02 2:33:33 pm)
| Archetype in
fairy Tales, symbols.
Books like, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill
a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies ect. And character
motifs. How and why do books such as these follow the archetypes
of Fairy Tales?
(10/24/02 10:24:48 am)
as is mentioned under another topic on the board, you might try
to locate a book in your library, "Fairytale in the Ancient
World" by Graham Anderson. A trade paperback edition of it
came out last month in the US.
Anderson traces links between numerous fairy tales and ancient tales/myths,
making something of a case for there being certain archetypes.
In his plays--Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet--Shakespeare borrowed
from earlier stories, incorporating elements or entire tales that
already had a history. Likewise his tales are full of references
to fantastic tales, beliefs, creatures.
I don't know, however, that you can say that novels "follow
the archetypes of Fairy Tales". Incorporate, perhaps. Contemporary
stories might use the structure of a particular fairy tale as a
template so that it echoes the original. But I'm not sure that "To
Kill a Mockingbird" is following any fairy tale archetype more
than anything else. Ultimately, it's all just story telling, and
at some point, the elements of all the stories which have come before
are going to cross-pollinate, and not necessarily as a result of
any conscious effort on the author's part--and this opinion's coming
to you from someone who has consciously and conspicuously mined
I'll be curious to hear what some of the others on this site who
work with fairy tale think about that.
(10/30/02 10:16:19 am)
Read Joseph Cambell: The Hero with a Thousand Faces