Stories and legends, both for children and adults, in which the hero in question must face a dragon are not uncommon. Already at the time, the great (in at least two senses) G. K. Chesterton left for posterity a quote that seems to me a good starting point:
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
Children already know that dragons exist. They are perfectly aware that there are bad and unfair things. That some people behave well but others behave badly.
They are not alien to the problem of evil. Not at all.
In the West, the dragon clearly represents evil. We could talk about the extent to which it is positive or negative for there to be a certain vindication of the figure of the dragon, making it become a kind of wise and sympathetic being, unjustly persecuted. However, this is not the aim of the article. Just make it clear that traditionally the dragon has represented evil and that I agree to maintain that interpretation.
We are going to find a multitude of dragons in our lives. Although … Sigue leyendo