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Hannan Merritt Discussion Notes the devil

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Hannan Merritt Discussion Notes The Devil “The Devil who was a potter” is an example of the more cunning and hostile devil of superstition not folklore. This is the devil that is always hostile towards man and leads them to become “completely ruined” (577). “Ivanko the Bear’s Son” shows a good example of the “stupid devil” of Russian folklore. Ivanko is easily able to trick the imp. For example when he says he will throw the iron crutch onto a cloud, “’Wait a while,’ he said, ‘a cloud is coming near, I shall throw the crutch on it.’ ‘ O no, that won’t do, grandfather needs his crutch!’ said the little devil” (223). Another interesting part of the story in “Ivanko the Bear’s Son” is the imp’s reference to “Grandfather”. In Russian folklore the grandfather is usually represented as the domovoi yet the imp is most likely referring to “Grandfather” as either the devil or the water spirit Vodianoi.
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