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IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(2): 154-157 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.30

The Concept of Death as Depicted in Fairy Tales

Koutsompou Violetta-Irene and Kotsopoulou Anastasia

Abstract—As times are changing and death is becoming increasingly a taboo matter, children’s literature is exempted by a series of fatal events that happened predominantly a time ago within many stories. This article’s main purpose is to analyze and demonstrate under psychological lens the concept of death in classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Snow White and the Sleeping Beauty as well as in modern fairy tales like The Little Prince and The Happy Prince. As a conclusion, we can say that in a world, where death is a common fate of all and the only sure fact of life, children's books often find the words and colors to describe it. And it is a great comfort that the palette of death includes the whole spectrum of colors. Just as with life itself.

Index Terms—Childhood, culture, death, fairy tales, psychological perspectives.

The authors are with the AKMI Metropolitan College, Athens, Greece (e-mail: k_violetta120@yahoo.com).


Cite:Koutsompou Violetta-Irene and Kotsopoulou Anastasia, "The Concept of Death as Depicted in Fairy Tales," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 154-157, 2015.

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