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Il mito del buono e del cattivo [EN]

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A cura di @pigtr.

Un articolo su Aeon guarda alle grandi storie della cultura pop contemporanea e si chiede cosa sia cambiato rispetto agli omologhi racconti popolari della tradizione:

In old folktales, no one fights for values. Individual stories might show the virtues of honesty or hospitality, but there’s no agreement among folktales about which actions are good or bad. When characters get their comeuppance for disobeying advice, for example, there is likely another similar story in which the protagonist survives only because he disobeys advice. Defending a consistent set of values is so central to the logic of newer plots that the stories themselves are often reshaped to create values for characters such as Thor and Loki – who in the 16th-century Icelandic Edda had personalities rather than consistent moral orientations.

Stories from an oral tradition never have anything like a modern good guy or bad guy in them, despite their reputation for being moralising. In stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk or Sleeping Beauty, just who is the good guy?

Immagine da MaxPixel.


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