The Interpretation of Fairy Tales Topics for Discussion

Marie-Louise von Franz
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Why are fairy tales more useful to look at than mythologies as far as exploring universal truths?

Which came first, the mythology or the fairy tale? Discuss the theories Von Franz discusses in the book.

What kind of hero is Dummling? What are his attributes? What psychological truth is the fairy tale trying to reveal in the character of Dummling?

What is the significance of the number three in fairy tales?

Describe the story of "King Thrushbeard." How is a woman's struggle with animus dramatized in the story?

What is significant about Peter providing twenty shillings—his entire fortune—toward the peasant's funeral, a peasant who would later aid Peter in ghost form?

Why is it significant that Dummling in "The Three Feathers" finds his future wife in a castle cellar? What is Von Franz's psychological interpretation of this geography?

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