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Gabriela BOANGIU, The Apparent Absence of Heirs – a Central Motif in Certain Romanian Fairy-tales

Gabriela BOANGIU
3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD., “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Craiova;
E-mail: boangiu_g@yahoo.com

Abstract
A central motif present in some fairy-tales is that of the absence of heirs; either we deal with an old man and an old lady, an emperor and an empress, the both couples suffer from the same reason – the lack of continuity in this world, through children. We are going to analyze several fairy-tales, trying to unravel the main aspects for which this motif is present in them.

Keywords
fairy-tales, symbolic representatives, heirs, immaculate conception, mentality.

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