Fairy Tale Elements in Margaret Atwood's Novels: Breaking the Magic Spell

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This thesis traces Margaret Atwood's uses of three major elements of fairy tales in her novels. Atwood creates a passive, fairy-tale-like heroine, but not for the purpose of showing how passivity wins the prince as in the traditional tale. Atwood also uses the binary system, which provides a moralistic structure in the fairy tale, to show the necessity of moving beyond its rigidity. In addition, Atwood's novels focus on transformation as the breaking of a spell. However, the spell to be broken arises out of the fairy tales themselves, which create unrealistic expectations. Thus, Atwood not only presents these fairy ... continued below

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Peterson, Nancy J. (Nancy Jean) August 1985.

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This thesis traces Margaret Atwood's uses of three major elements of fairy tales in her novels. Atwood creates a passive, fairy-tale-like heroine, but not for the purpose of showing how passivity wins the prince as in the traditional tale. Atwood also uses the binary system, which provides a moralistic structure in the fairy tale, to show the necessity of moving beyond its rigidity. In addition, Atwood's novels focus on transformation as the breaking of a spell. However, the spell to be broken arises out of the fairy tales themselves, which create unrealistic expectations. Thus, Atwood not only presents these fairy tale elements in a new setting, but she also changes their significance.

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Peterson, Nancy J. (Nancy Jean). Fairy Tale Elements in Margaret Atwood's Novels: Breaking the Magic Spell, thesis, August 1985; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500262/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .