The Position Of Dogs In Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales

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Introduction Today, it is popularly supposed that there are 10 million dogs in Japan. Dogs have a close relationship with people in our time because there are pet dogs, guide dogs and police dogs.
There are dogs which are abandoned, have spells cast on them or are used in negative comparisons in the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. Why do dogs appear as these bad images in contrast to the present age?
I will draw up a table which classifies the dogs of Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales for the purpose of the dog’s appearance, their feature and people who appear with dogs and analyze it in this dissertation. Then, I will disclose the position of dogs in Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. In addition, I will examine them and whether they reflect a reality
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