Motywy mitologiczne; Hans Christian Andersen; "Psyche"; Torill Thorstad Hauger; "Iselin i wilkołak"
Z Teorii i Praktyki Dydaktycznej Języka Polskiego, T. 21(2012), s. 36-51
Psyche told by Andersen, and Iselin and the Werewolf told by the contemporary Norwegian
author are connected by mythological motifs and themes, for example the story of Psyche. This
is one reason for discussing both texts in one article. The other reason lies in the diverse values
of each of both writings, which could lead to put the tale by Andersen and the novel by Hauger
on the college and high school reading list.
In the article I analyse and interpret the Andersen’s tale from 1861, explaining the writing
context, treating the narration and the main character — the Italian sculptor — as well as decoding
Andersen’s thoughts on human’s life, biological and psychic nature of man, artistic creation,
fading and fame, the charm of the world and the beauty of art.
While discussing the novel Iselin and the Werewolf, I point at how the author tries to convince
her adolescent readers that they are able to fight against their fascination with evil and to
oppose violence or peer victimization and that they do not have to feel ashamed with their kindness,
tenderness or love. I designate as well Hauger’s references to fairy tales — including The
Snow Queen, to the myth of Amor and Psyche and to Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
I make a remark that in both texts the reader can find some motifs related to mythological
stories, works of art or literary writings. These motifs correspond with mental states of the story
characters, enriching their intellectual contents and reinforcing the message of the tale by Andersen
and the novel by Hauger.