Masters Thesis

Parent-child relationships and the image of the child as portrayed in the folktales of five cultures.

Since the main focus of this study is on parentchild relationships as portrayed in the folktales of East and West Africa, Germany, Scandinavia, Turkey and Japan, this introduction will be divided into three parts. The first section will explore some cross cultural findings on parent-child relationships in the five cultures mentioned above. The second section will delve into the background and history of the folktale. The third and final section will explore the different methods of analysis that could be applied to the folktale, namely, the historic-geographic method, content analysis and structural analysis. There have, of course, been numerous cross cultural studies undertaken on the question of parent-child relationships. A few pertinent ones will be discussed here .

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