ZOOMORPHIC IMAGES OF WOMEN SNAKE IN EUROPEAN LITERATURE

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The article discusses the image of a woman-snake from different angles and different authors. the traditional image is often found in the mythology of various nationalities, and also in folk tales. when this woman- snake carries a variety of characters from the evil witch to an innocent victim. in terms of the symbolism of the snake woman in the article discusses three works: S. Coleridge “ Christabel”,E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Golden Pot”, and Guy de Maupassant “Crazy?”. All authors zoomorphic image of the woman-snake is quite different meanings and is a reflection of the ambivalent symbolism of the snake as a symbol. For the early romance S. Colridge this image is demonic, E. T. A. Hoffmann representative of late romanticism, woman- snake displays pagan ideas about the serpent, realist Guy de Maupassant uses everyday’s beliefs about the serpent.

K N Galay

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

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