Fairy Tales of the World Spain



Spain is located on, and takes up five sixths of the Iberian Peninsula. It is aproxamately 195,364 square miles in area.


The climate of Spain is a most extreme diversity. In the North it is cool and humid. In the Central Plateau there are cold winters and hot summers. The South has very hot summers and mild winters.

Physical Characteristics

The country of Spain consists of a central plateau that is surrounded by many rugged hills, the Pyrenees Mountains to the north, and many deserts, sierras, and rivers.


The country of Spain is polluted by Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling.


The country of Spain has 46,370,000 people or approximately 237 people per square mile. The ratio of men to women is 24 to 25 respectively. Spain has a literacy rate of 98.1% and an unemployment rate of 53.2%. The amount of people that live in urban areas is 79.6%.


Customs and Traditions

In Spain daily life is not much different than in America. The main difference is the Spanish Lunch which is from 2 o'clock to 3 o'clock. During this time most people eat lunch, the most important and largest meal of the day, and then take a nap. Most significant holidays are ones with religious origins. The holidays around Easter and Christmas times.


81% of Spaniards identify as Catholic. 11.6% are agnostic and atheists are 4.1%. There are appoxamately 40,000 to 50,000 Jews in Spain and aproxamately 9,000 Buddhists. Roman Catholism was once the official religion but now all religions are accepted.


The official language of Spain is Spanish but the most common dialect is Castilian and spoken by 74% of people.


Tapas, the most commonly eaten courses, are smaller versions of larger dishes. Spanish food heavily consists of fish, casseroles, and rices. Spanish food is usually spicy but it is seasoned with Paprika instead of chiles and peppers. People either drink beer, wine, or mineral waters with meals.

The Devil is The main antagonist of "Don Demonio's Mother-in-Law". The Devil is in two different scenarios. He was in the scenario where he tried to marry the protagonist, Tia Pía,'s daughter. He was then captured by her in a glass bottle and buried in a mountain. In the next scenario he and Ricardo were scheming about how he would marry the princess and he put her under a spell where she was in a coma. Ricardo then tried to heal her and the Devil said no. Ricardo then told the Devil that Tia Pía was coming home from Granada so he left Ricardo and the princess woke up. Through these selections you can see that the Devil is quite evil and an antagonist because "he proposed to bewitch the princess with a strange way that every doctor in the country would be called to cure her" (164) even though not one could.

Royalty is a motif that is apartant in this Fairy Tale. Royalty is aparant because there is a king in the time in Spain. The evidence is given by Ricardo wanting to marry a princess and without royalty there would be no princess for Ricardo to marry. "Her gray eyes opened to look, first with wonder then with shy approval" (165), then she married him.

A magical type system is used in this Fairy Tale because of the Devil being the antagonist. The holiness is used because of many different biblical references and the fact that the Devil is subject to the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions. When Ricardo found the bottle in the mountain "a voice-answered from the bottle" (163) indicating supernatural powers such as the devil's.

It is quite prevelent the role that the Geography and Culture tie into the Fairy Tale. For example, most of the story takes place in Granada a real city and the climate and geography are very true to how it actually is. Christianity, undebatabaly the most infulential religion in Spain, is the center point for the entire story. The mountains are described as surrounded by sierras as they are in real life. The story also includes parts about the very hot and warm climate. With the given information it is quite hard do denounce this Fairy Tale's relation to the country.

Other Sources for Information and Pictures

"The World Factbook: SPAIN." Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

Gall, Thompson and Hobby, Jeneen. Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations Twelfth Edition, Volume 5, Europe. Thompson Gale, 2007

Britannica School, s.v. "Spain," accessed April 6, 2017, http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/Spain/108580.

"10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Spain's Sierra Nevada Mountains | PlanetWare." PlanetWare.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

Team, Maphill.com. "Physical Map of Spain." Maphill: Web's Largest Map Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

"The-devil." Npm. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

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