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Philology Matters

Abstract

By means of comparative-typological tools the article describes the ‘Transformation’ motif as one of the most ancient, traditional motifs in the oral and written literature of the world. It explains the existence of general and specific features comparing poetic appearances and functions; correlation between genesis and mythological thinking, as well as the usage of remnants in modern literature on the basis of poetic innovations.
The ‘Transformation’ motif has been used in the written literature since ancient times. In the written literature, this motive occurs in the plot construction of poetic, prose, and dramatic works. It is also widely used in works based on fairy-tale stylization, novels, short stories, narratives, in the spirit of fiction and social life.
Samples of ancient literature describe the transformation of the main hero as divinely as in folklore. The only difference from folklore is that it reflects the fact that transformation takes place in the form of punishing someone under the will and influence of the Gods. The fictions which are created in the next stages of evolution depict the transformation of a human being as a direct result of his/her achievements in science and technology. Therefore, transformation motifs are often encountered in literary tales, works of scientific-fantastic mood.
In the world literature, from ancient times to the present, transformation has been described as being carried out by Gods, demonological forces (Satan, demon, and witches), ordinary people, or scientists.

First Page

17

Last Page

31

DOI

10.36078/987654432

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