Kinship Between Fairy Tale and Tragedies (a Comparative Study of the Goose-Girl at the Well Tale and King Lear’s Tragedy)
International Journal of Education, Culture and Society
Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2020, Pages: 53-61
Received: Aug. 19, 2019; Accepted: Aug. 20, 2019; Published: Jun. 8, 2020
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Hafez Hatami, Department of Persian Language and Literature, University of Payame Noor (PNU), Tehran, Iran
Mina Mehrafarin, Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Tehran, Iran
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Fairy tales are among the most important branches of popular literature. They are full of informative and imaginative themes with a simple spatial layout that have undergone changes due to the geographical range and passing of time. There are many common points between fairy tales and other literary forms because many of these stories and legends epitomize the human collective subconscious mind in terms of the origin and contents. The existence of similar narratives which originated from oral literature which often have a fun and recreative nature has provided the ground for comparative and sometimes adaptive literary studies. This descriptive-documentary study reviews and analyses the fairy tale of the goose-girl at the well by the Brothers Grimm and the tragedy of King Lear by Shakespeare. The plot consistency, the combination of tragedy and comedy, motivation, family-based, division of the kingdom, destiny and fate, the presence of superficial mysticism, the parallelism of characters, conflict and crisis and etc. are the common propositions between the two narrations.
Folk Literature, Comparative Literature, Tale and Tragedy, Shakespeare, Grimm Brothers
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Hafez Hatami, Mina Mehrafarin, Kinship Between Fairy Tale and Tragedies (a Comparative Study of the Goose-Girl at the Well Tale and King Lear’s Tragedy), International Journal of Education, Culture and Society. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 53-61. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20200503.13
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