As suggested in the text, fairy tales are a way to teach insights of life through simple stories directed to, most of the time, younger generations. Most of the time because fairy tales work on different levels of moral which are directed to categories of people, for instance in “Little Red Riding Hood” the moral ... ... middle of paper ... ...ult's fairy tale: “Red Hot Riding Hood.“ Both Hopkinson's and Avery's wolf share some human qualities which make him even more dangerous for young innocent girls. Hopkinson uses the narrator to spread the same moral as Perrault did three hundreds year ago, girls, especially younger inexperienced girls need to be careful when they encounter nice and charming men, because it could end in completely unwanted situation. This is the reason why the grandmother intervenes, she tries to complete her granddaughter's education by telling her her own story in which she can find advices that will save her to bear the same experience as her grandmother. Indeed, fairy tale has an educational mission in addition of pure entertainment.
He has pity, however, and lets Snow Whi... ... middle of paper ... ...y unhappy consequences in real life. Fairy tales are not written in stone, though; they are malleable, constantly shifting stories. Even though some outdated cultural messages can be found, there is still value in the narratives. Fairy tales can be reinvented and reshaped to model the strong, intelligent, and independent females mothers seen everywhere around us today. Wise parents and teachers will educate themselves to better share and discuss with children the messages found and what truth is and what it is not.
This modern fairy tale contains diverse characters but none of them are as important as the grandmother. In fact, through her narration the reader gets the basic information concerning the familial context. The story revolves around a grandmother, a mother and a granddaughter, which thus sets the point of view of the story, the grandmother is the narrator therefore the reader gets her perception. Besides the domestic context, the lack of other contextual clues, such as the time or the location of the story, gives room to her story and her final purpose: teaching and, at the same time, protecting her grand-daughter from risks represented by men here symbolized by a wolf. The way this unnamed grandmother reveals her life exemplifies two properties of fairy tale as mentioned by Marina Warner in “The Old Wives' Tale”: “Fairy tales exchange knowledge [using morals] between an older [most of the time feminine] voice of experience and a younger audience” (314).
In this situation Cinderella is the good character who normally always does as she is told even through her stepmothers harsh mistreatment, leaving her stepmother and stepsisters as the evil figures. Reading fairytales often leads you to incorporate real life situations in the stories read and apply the lessons learned into your own life. Stories allow us to expand our imaginations and gives us hope in creating our own fairy tale endings through the characters strengths through the difficult situations they are shown in. Fairy tales are important because they give you a sense of desire for freedom, which most children can relate to in society. Many individuals can compare their lives to fairy tales which allows them to better understand the direction the story is leading in, and can understand the desire for hope and freedom given off by the good character.
Research Writing Though there are many fairy tales that have been created through the years, Cinderella is into our subconscious by stimulating the part of us that sympathizes with the mistreatment of Cinderella. Others say that the theme of a down-and-out poor girl rising up to become rich and happy appeals to any normal person. This theme is the common bond between all the stories. Recently, however, modern versions of the tale have surfaced in an attempt to relate to modern audiences. In the textbook Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum the editors decide to take out a chapter entitled Fairy Tales: A Closer Look at Cinderella.
Folktales such as the “Little Red Riding Hood” by Charles Perrault and “The Grandmothers Tale” told by Louis and François Briffault tell us how appearance and symbolism of different settings develop meanings about innocence and maturity. In the “Little Red Riding Hood” by Perrault conveys to us the meaning behind the red hood worn by the little girl, and how that captures the interest of sexual predators. Perrault also expresses how the little red riding hood was not mature enough to resist the approach of the wolf leading to her demise. “The Grandmother’s Tale” shows us how maturation influences the decisions made by the little girl through the use of symbolism. The Red Hood in Charles Perrault’s, “Little Red Riding Hood” carried a very vital role because it was the motif that was significant to the story.
Once they were untied, Grandma and Little Red sat and talked while eating the enchiladas. Little Red promised her grandma that next time she would listen to her mother, and not stop at any stores. Even though the story has been adapted to fit into today’s society, so children can better relate to the story, the moral remains the same. Little Red, Riding Hood teaches the dangers of talking to strangers and not listening to your mother, no matter how it’s written.
Little Red, the Wolf, and Grandmother are all one-dimensional characters. The illustrations are simple and sweet. No one character has more emphasis than the other and the focus is on the highly symbolic language, images. The hearing of Fairytales is particularly suitable for children, as children need to learn how to navigate the society and culture they are growing up into. Little red riding hood by Charles Perrault is a good example of a traditional French fairy tale which plays a symbolic function in representing the society in which its written the values of that society and the gender roles within it.
This particular fairy tale sticks out to me, because after reading it, my mind was not absorbed by the happiness of the miller’s daughter being able to keep her baby, it was instead absorbed by the cruelty of Rumpelstiltskin, the imp that was planning on taking the baby away. The experience that I had with Rumpelstiltskin was not limited to itself; I had similar reactions to almost all of the fairy tales my mother would read to me. One in particular took place after my mom was reading Little Red Riding Hood, and instead of trying to copy the pleasantness of Little Red Riding Hood, I found myself trying to copy the wolf’s actions of swallowing her grandmother whole. When I am called to read these tales to small children, due to my childlike perception, a similar insight is created within their concept of the piece. My personal experiences greatly illustrate the ignorance of Bennett’s idea that “moral literature can produce good citizens” (232).
Rewriting classic texts help an author to show a realistic moral and make a classic more moderate, making it relatable to readers. This is exactly what Angela Carter did in her rewrite of “Little Red Cap” by the Grimm brothers, Carter had revealed to the readers that female characters do not need to be strong nor weak in her story, “The Company of Wolves.” By stating these attributes of the main character and creating a different ending, she reveals to readers that female characters do not have to fulfill these tropes and can be whatever they want.