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Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House  

ELFINS and various monsters lay claim to a place in almost every fairy tale that respects itself. They often attain human appearance or even embody unique and dangerous circumstances of life. They have free will. The reason of their existence is to conspire against nobler forms of life, and they will to exist only to the degree that they conspire against them. The ice maiden and the snow queen, the fate that pursues the leaden soldier, the witches, the bad wolf or an awful king constitute typical examples of a fairy tale creature. All these beings will to destroy exactly that on which their own existence is totally dependent; they are unconsciously self-destroying forces: they don't have sense of any community, but they curiously approve their ignorance. They maintain themselves by dissolving themselves. Forces totally absurd, but existing, so that a fairy tale, pre-eminently literature of truth, could not skim them over.

EVIL characters, even if they are perfectly disguised, are always being accompanied by a stream of cold air that announces them and remains after they have gone. They do not only lack any charm, but they also spread a deep, existential, fear:
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