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Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal

Abstract

This paper uses a historical perspective to examine the lasting appeal of a particular fairy tale throughout a variety of cultures and time periods. By analyzing the various interpretations of characters within the dragon slayer tale type, we can see the cultural significance of fairy tales throughout history. It examines similarities and differences between three examples of the tale type (Perseus and Andromeda from 8 AD in Greece and Rome, The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok from the 13th Century in Northern Europe, and The Two Brothers from 1857 in Germany), taking into account the differing perspectives and life experiences of readers and listeners to each of these tales and how it might contribute to their ability to relate to the plot and characters, as well as the lessons they might take away from the stories.

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