Fairy Tales Analysis

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Fairy tales have been read to children for many years by parents hoping these tales of heroines and heroes would provide a fun and interesting way to teach moral and values. Fairy tales provide children with a fun and entertaining way to deal with strangers. Children learn that when you don’t follow the rule and talk to mysterious strangers you’re put into situation that can cause pain or suffering to others.
Fairy tales such as the Brothers Grimm version of “Little Red-Cap” provide a great deal of morals and values. The tale begins with a young, pretty girl that goes to take cake and wine to her ailing grandmother. Little Red- Cap was illicitly told by her mother to walk nice and quietly, not to run off the path or she might break the bottle of wine, and not to peep into every corner before saying hello to her Grandmother.
However, like many children Little Red-Cap didn’t follow her Mother’s warning and met a wolf on her way to her Grandmothers. The Grimm’s Brothers tells us Little Red-Cap wasn’t afraid of the huge creature and told him exactly where she was headed. The purpose of “Little Red-Cap” and many other “Little Red Riding Hood” stories are teach children, or warn them, not to immediately trust the people you meet.
“Little Red-Cap” was most likely written to entertain young child but most fairy tales are written to also teach children certain culture normality. As Stephen B. Karpman states “Fairy Tales help inculcate the norms of society into young minds…, (Karpman). “Little Red-Cap” presents one messages very clearly, do not talk to strangers. However in the tale Little Red-Cap talks to the wolf, a strange creature she has never met. Little Red-Cap doesn’t know of the wolves intentions but still strikes a conversati...

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...hers and learn about what, and who they really are. To expect the best and worst of everyone and situation you are brought into contact with. Fairy tales are a useful tool to help a child in any situation and help them instill last conflict resolution in everyday life.

Works Cited

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