Introduction to Mythology




Fairy tales are fictional stories that feature ordinary humans interacting with supernatural, archetypical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, gnomes, etc. The supernatural characters have powers exceeding those of humans, but are well short of the powers possessed by the gods or goddesses that are worshipped by the adult human members of the particular culture involved.

The stories typically describe a far-fetched sequence of events that usually, but not always, result in a happy ending.  Fairy tales with happy endings are frequently told to young children as entertainment since they are able to readily understand and accept the archetypal characters in these stories.

Examples of Fairytales are:


Hansel and Gretel


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