|Stories - Part Four: Decisions and Problems
Our fears fall into several categories:
In fairy tales we have gods, giants, dragons, monsters, witches, trolls, hobgoblins, and variations on these that threaten us. In these stories the fearsome creatures generally stick to their own areas. We only have something to fear from them if we upset them in some way. We get into another area of fear when it touches on the unknown. This is the area of evil spirits, ghosts, the supernatural, aliens, zombies, poltergeists, and things from other worlds. Many stories are based on our fears and how we face up to them or overcome them.
Allergies are in some way similar in effect to phobias; people who are allergic to cats, perfumes, foods, certain textiles, and the like, have a fear of them in that these things can harm them. 'The War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells ended with the aliens being defeated by catching the common cold. Dracula and his friends are allergic to the sun. The wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz was defeated when Dorothy threw a bucket of water over her. It is an old superstition that Witches cannot go across rivers or streams.
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