Studying fairy tales in depth, she proves that the “functions of myths” consist of “creating a landscape of allusion [and] enabling us to understand our own and out culture from inside out” (Yolen 18). Yolen confirms that these stories comment on, “the abstract truths of our common human existence” (Yolen 18). To Yolen, fairy tales inform the audience about significant themes and historical events. Jack Zipes, a retired professor, has lectured on the subject of fairy tales and folklore for many years. Zipes maintains that fairy tales are far from harmless and play a much larger role in society.
Throughout Tatar’s article she tackles the developmental issues that result due to fairy tales, how fairy tales control behavior instead of teaching morals, and the irrefutable theme that beauty brings happiness. When it comes to a child’s moral development a parent always wants to make sure that his or her child is on the right path, but does that path involve fairy tales? Some experts say yes, “Research suggests that moral reasoning can be examined in youngsters and that reading experiences between an adult and child, especially with fairy tales, can have a positive influence on a child's moral development.” (Jackson 1), while others say no. One of those who disagree with there being positive developmental effects from fairy tales is Arielle Schussler, who in her article The Case against Fairytales states that “Another major issue with reading fairy tales to children is the fairy tales’ tendency towards an absolutist view of good and evil.” (Schussler 1) W... ... middle of paper ... ... edge of their seats wanting more, but it is also undeniable that when fairy tales and children are left alone together messages can be misinterpreted. With fairy tales in some cases harmfully effecting children developmentally, creating a scare factor, and labeling beauty as the ultimate key to success, the conclusion to solving these issues is parent or guardian supervision and interaction.
For example, it was always the prince who saved Snow White, Cinderella and all the other princesses. Even if that is less true now, there are still some books that can negatively influence children. So if it is true that some comic books are sexist or violent, it is also true that some of them are, to put it simply, fine. It would be wrong to accuse all comic books of prejudice and violence, like it would be wrong to do the same with novels. In the same line of thought, one of the great things about books is that they can teach you a lot of things, whether it is about deep things or facts that you did not know; they broaden your horizon.
There are many things to learn from the fairy tale. Tales in their simplest form have many reasons for being told. The psychologist, Bruno Bettelhiem, studied what is being learned from folk tales. He states: " Folk tales tell about the agonies of sibling rivalry, of wishes coming true, of the humble being elevated, of true merit being recognized even hidden under rags of virtue rewarded and evil punished (45-46)". In every telling of a fairy tale, an audience is eager to listen and retell the story to a new audience.
A contemporary fairy tale will teach them how to deal with their problems without scaring the children that heard or read these fairy tales. English writer G.K Chesterton stated, “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.” (Taylor, Melissa). Learning to deal with problems helps build a healthy and stable mind.
The reality if the world would not be misleading if parents took the time to explain to their kids how things work in the real world. The classic fairy tales are nothing but entertain stories and they should not be taken so seriously by parents. Works Cited Huff Post Parents
Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland message to us is that there’s nothing wrong with living free with your own imagination or bend the rules. In my opinion, I believe imagination is important but using it too much can leave you detached from reality Alice in Wonderland is a departure from this. Literature is the province of imagination, and stories, in whatever disguise, are meditations on life. Nowadays stories that were made to instruct children on how to acquire happiness have now been replaced with stories that teach children how to be in control of their life by including diseases, physical anomalies, and death to assure them that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Foster’s main points in How to Read Literature Like a Professor. According to Foster, the fairy tale with the most enduring appeal is “Hansel and Gretel. Here, Foster makes clear the connection between fairy tales and real life. Although “Hansel and Gretel” might seem fantastical and silly, it is in fact rooted in one of the most fundamental fears of humanity—the fear of losing ourselves and becoming lost and vulnerable. Provided with these interpretations, it is clear the explicit idea of Rumpelstiltskin is being the bad guy isn’t always terrible, which is a commonality between both the 19th century and
Isobelle Carmody does make use of some traditional fantasy elements in The Gathering but the departure from rigid archetypes is what enables her to achieve a sophisticated exploration of the oft-stereotyped concept of evil. She is able to effectively do this not just by the traditional good vs evil but by the dark side of human nature and mankind. To achieve this she uses Mr Karl the deputy principle at Three North in Cheshunt where this novel is based. However she hasn’t just gone and changed how traditional fantasy operate. She has used a good balance of both traditional and modern ways of getting messages out to the readers.
All these adaptations are what makes the tale a fairy tale. It started out as an oral fairy tale being passed down from generation to generation to become a written fairy tale that has gone through many transitions. This fairy tale was made even more famous by Walt Disne... ... middle of paper ... ...of timelessness which is so essential to the fairy-tale genre of the Grimm Brothers, the fairy tale is able to relate to everyday life, not just the lives of the peasants in the 1800's. Today, we are still enchanted by the stories and so will generations to come. Works Cited Tracy, Joe.