Marijana Dimitrova Kroteva: THE POWER OF MARVELOUS IN THE FAIRYTALES

Abstract

The marvelous has always been the core of plenty of artful books, exciting the reader to delimitate whether the fantastic element in the text may have its own real explanation. This paper is orientated towards the fairytales as the closest genre to the marvelous, and its objective is first, to distinguish between the perceiving and encountering of the fairytales by both the children and the adults and then to indicate the aspects of how the power of the miraculous in the fairytales is used for educative and commercial purposes. Pointing to these supernatural, stunning marvelous elements and their influence on the children’s fantasy, the paper combines a brief analyses of the fairytales of the Grimm brothers to the following issues: the confirmation of the fantastic and magic elements in the fairytales and the development of the imagination of children based upon the influence of the media; the moral message from the fables; how adults should narrate the fairytales to the children in order to keep their attention and make them think of wonders? The results of the research regarding the children’s interests, daydreams and fancies which point to imaginative ideas for the future adaptations and writing of the fairytales are presented in the paper.