The Interpretation of Fairy Tales Themes

Marie-Louise von Franz
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Mythology, Local Saga, and Fairy Tale

Much of Chapters One and Two is dedicated to explaining what the fairy tale is, and how it is different from mythology as well as something Von Franz calls the local saga. In Von Franz's view, the fairy tale is a more valuable genre to deconstruct for the purpose of locating psychological truths than mythology. This is because the fairy tale is universal, and is not encumbered with cultural-specific iconography, values, etc. Mythology helps to define a nation or culture, such as Greek or Roman mythology, and as such it reflects specific cultural values. The fairy tale is sufficiently divorced from cultural "baggage", such that its relation to universal human truths is more clear and more direct. There is an interesting "chicken and egg" question as to what came first, the myth or the fairy tale. Scholars are undecided, with some believing myths...

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