Animalism in Macedonian literature for children

Denkova, Jovanka (2016) Animalism in Macedonian literature for children. In: Eight International Scientific Conference - Knowledge without borders, 8-10 Apr 2016, Bansko, Bulgaria.

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Animals have always had their place in literature. Primitive storytellers have used animals to make dramatic human daily struggle against the forces of nature. The man from time immemorial been associated with wildlife. In prehistoric times he hunted and domesticated animals to survive. That predetermined relationship of man with animals affected the animals very early to become a major preoccupation and inspiration. Animalism is an inherent part of literature for children, especially anthropomorphism. Animalism in children's literature is one of the more common themes. Authors of books for children often represent animals as main characters through which express a certain lesson, carry a strong message to something. They give human qualities to animals in order to be more attractive to young readers. Animals in the works symbolize human qualities such as kindness, wisdom, greed, stupidity, selfishness and others. Through animal characters young readers can learn that good is the purpose of existence, goodness is rewarded and always wins. Through the characters of animals showing that it does not necessarily rule that "where is strength there is no justice", sometimes weak can defeat the strong by their wisdom, that reason is stronger than physical strength. This paper will make a brief reference to the Macedonian writers who in their work for children prominently place devoted to animals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Jovanka Denkova
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 10:14
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 10:14

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