Symbolic Content of Characters’ Transformation in

Символічний зміст перевтілення персонажів у «Лісовій пісні» Лесі Українки: культурологічний аспект
Symbolic Content of Characters’ Transformation in "Forest Song" by Lesya Ukrainka: Cultorological Aspect

Author(s): Olena Sergeevna Khlystun
Subject(s): Semiology, Ukrainian Literature, Existentialism, Culture and social structure , Hermeneutics, Theory of Literature
Published by: Національна академія керівних кадрів культури і мистецтв
Keywords: symbolic meaning; the transformation of characters; drama-extravaganza; mythopoetics; the neoromantic ideal of a human;

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the article is studying of the symbolism of the characters’ transformation in Lesya Ukrainka’s drama-extravaganza "Forest Song" in the axiological dimension and connection with the issue of the work, various characters and relationships, in particular, between Mavka and Lukash, and their tragic love. The methodology of the research is based on the use of a set of methods: analysis and synthesis – for studying the state of scientific development of the topic; cultural and structural-semiotic – for the reconstruction of the mythopoetic model of the world; structural, systemic, comparative – for the identification of symbolism in the characters’ transformation; axiological – for the review of the valued content of the neoromantic ideal of a human. Scientific novelty of this work provides the deepening in the closure of the culturological paradigm of the work the symbolic meaning of the image reincarnation and modeling the picture of human existence as a powerful source of energy for artistic influence on the recipient, in the study of its symbolism as a complex branched system of culturological expressions. Conclusions. In "Forest Song" the world of a human and the world of nature Lesya Ukrainka interacts on the philosophical level of values interplay, which was formed under the influence of existentialism. The main conflict of the work is epistemological, generated by the contradictions of the human’s knowledge of the world and himself. Introducing the romantic Mavka to the sphere of life with its drama and tragedy, penetrating to the depths of the characters’ subconsciousness, the author directs the recipient to the ideals that embody the wisdom of the ages. At the same time, Lesya Ukrainka addresses to the symbolism of the heroes’ reincarnation, synthesizes symbols, concepts, mythological and fairy-tale images from the real space of the action to the cosmic scale in a complex way, which ensures "Forest Song" versatility, the basis of which is determined by the interaction of the worlds (human and nature), and values.