A young prince that was promised everything at birth goes in search of his heart's desire. The prince encounters witches and weds the most beautiful maiden on his journey. In time, the prince realizes that his previous life was his true calling. So, he must leave his beautiful life in the realm of "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death", and return home.
Typical Fairytale Characteristics
One of the most common fairytale characteristics is the special beginning, such as once upon a time, there once was, or there once lived. The Fairytale "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death" is no exception. This story begins with the classic once upon a time.
In most fairytales, there is a good character. In "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death", the young prince, Boy Beautiful, is the good character. Boy Beautiful is next in line to the throne, and "the whole realm was proud that it was going to have so wise and goodly an emporor"(yolen). Boy Beautiful absorbed every drop of knowledge he could, and he was always eager to learn. He is truely a superior man, helping maidens and servants fulfil their strenuous tasks.
Most fairytales contain an evil or misguided character. In this tale, Scorpia and Gheoncea are two sisters that terrorize travelers and devour their souls. Scorpia and Gheoncea have "jaws reaching from earth to heaven, spitting forth fire" used to intimidate and devour those traveling through the forests in which they dwelled(Yolen).
Castles and Royalty are common motifs in fairytales, this story is no different. The protagonist, Boy Beautiful, is a prince, born to a king and queen. Boy Beautiful's home is a magnificent castle in which he learns about the world and the realm he should one day rule.
Cinderella, a classic fairytale, has no shortage of magic. "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death" also has a plethora of instances in which magic is used. The first appearance of magic in the story is after Boy Beautiful is first born. Boy Beautiful is crying non-stop, but "all the enchantments of the magicians" could not quiet Boy Beautiful. Boy Beautiful goes on a quest to find youth without age and life without death, which is obviously magical. Finally, the most reoccurring instance of magic is Boy Beautiful's talking horse, which gives Boy Beautiful counsel in times of need.
The motif of a problem and a solution is evident in this story. The problem is that Boy Beautiful's father made promises that he could not keep. The father promised baby Boy Beautiful youth without age and life without death. Now, Boy Beautiful must go on a journey to find his heart's desire, youth without age and life without death. The problem is resolved when Boy Beautiful finally discovers youth without age and life without death.
The number 3, a magic number, is the most common motif in literature. The most important moments in "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death" occur in threes. For instance, Boy Beautiful encounters 3 obstacles. Boy Beautiful travels in three day spans, and he rests and feasts for three days with Scorpia and Gheoncea. Finally, Boy Beautiful has a choice of three brides, all sisters. As the old saying goes, three times is the charm.
Connection To Turkey
The story "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death" has many geographical ties to Turkey, but sadly, this story was severely lacking in cultural connections. As previously mentioned, there are many grasslands and forests in Turkey. During Boy Beautiful's travels, he encounters three forests and two grasslands. Mountainous areas of Turkey have also been mentioned, Boy Beautiful also crossed a mountain range during his travels. Turkey is known for its ancient castles, and the castle in which Boy Beautiful lived in fits the description perfectly, this is probably the strongest tie from "Youth Without Age and Life Without Death" to Turkey.