Fairy Tales Shape Our Childhood and Our Future

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Introduction: Fairytales are usually short stories about fantasy characters and are told using the typical “once upon a time” intro. The addition of magic can also be used within a fairytale. Fairytales are usually farfetched stories about these characters that normally would not talk in real life, communicating and speaking like normal human beings. They are children’s stories about magical beings and creatures. They are often fabricated stories that may have hidden meanings but they usually are not as child like as we make them out to be. The plot of an original fairytale is darker and haunted even, but nowadays it is cleaned up and edited for the safety of children. Stories are important to us because they let us know how people’s imaginations were like in the past and what they were interested in. Stories get passed down from generation to generation and when each story is told orally, something changes. Each story becomes a little more unique and has a different moral each time it’s told, depending on the storyteller. They teach us about life and help us tell whether or not the story is really a tall tale. Stories have been entertaining us since the beginning of time and they make life just a bit more interesting. Telling fairytales gives us something to do to pass the time and without a story every so often people would become bored and unimaginative. Depending on the story told, they show us about the individuality and the creativity of the storyteller. The Search: It was a chilly afternoon back in December when Mr. Boardman announced that we would be meeting in the library for class instead of the usual classroom scene. I remembered the joy I felt as I realized I would have to walk an extra half mile to go to the libra... ... middle of paper ... ...life’s situations. Fairy tales shape our childhood and so in turn may shape our future. Works Cited Bettelheim, Bruno. “The Importance of Externalization.” The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Vintage Books, 1976. Bottigheimer, Ruth. 2002. "Misperceived Perceptions: Perrault's Fairy Tales and English Children's Literature." Children's Literature 30. Fairy tale. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. January 30, 2014. Internet. "Grimm's Fairy Tales." Grimm Brothers nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic Society, Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Mai, Maria. Personal Interview. 6 January 2014 Sleeping Beauty. Dir Clyde Geronimi. Perf. Mary Costa and Bill Shirley. Walt Disney Pictures, 1959. DVD "What Makes A story A Fairy Tale?"modernghana.com. Daily Graphic, 20 Feb. 2010. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Internet.
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