Although they are not typically considered symbols in and of themselves,
fairy tales are "treasure troves for the symbologist" (Biederman, 124).
Thus, they will be included, due to their absolute pertinence in the analysis
of fantasy literature. The entry in Biederman's Dictionary of Symbolism
states that, " 'Research into fairy-tale motifs must begin with the precise
investigation of variants, going beyond the narrower confines of the genre.
We must seek out the origins--e.g., Greek and Christian elements in the
German fairy tales... We can arrive at an interpretation only with help
from every possible discipline--specialized narratology, folklore, history
of religion, legal history, and so on and on' [E. Horandner, quoted by
Lurker, 1979] . [Jungian analysis believes] in the existence of archetypes..."
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