A Content Analysis on the Function of Magical Creatures in Fairy Tales

by Coburn, Karissa K.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not magical creatures have a function or value within fairy tales. Specifically, do the magical creatures have a purpose within the tale or are they simply included for the magical wonder? A random sampling of ten fairy tales was used in this study. By using content analysis, characters physical and personality descriptions was compared to their role within the story as it concerned the protagonist and other relevant characters. Findings showed that the creatures do indeed have a function within the story, particularly as helpful or harmful agents who cause the characters to go through a period of magical transformation.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fairy tales folklore magical thinking in children


Date of Publication:04/10/2006

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