The Importance of Fairytales

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Introduction: It’s impossible for me to say I don’t know anything about fairytales, but what I do know about them, there isn’t anything I don’t love! Between the knight and shining armor, the damsel in distress and the infamous rescuing scene, you can’t help but hope to one day find your prince charming! Let’s be honest, we love to hate fairytales, they are so unbelievably unrealistic with the romance, the happy endings, the prince and princess, but we all live to have something come close to that annoyingly perfect happy ending. Between “Beauty and The Beast”, “Cinderella”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Snow White” one thing that is continuous throughout them all is that fabulous good character and that dreadful bad character, and the suspense that keeps us wondering what obstacles they’ll have to endure to get that “fairytale ending” we’re all secretly jealous of. “If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future” (Danielle Steel). We subconsciously live vicariously through fairytales, we want to escape the real world in hope for a different reality, and we really do believe the grass is greener on the other side. Fairytales are something that we go from not being able to get enough of, being “too old” for, and finally being old enough to appreciate the most beautiful aspects of them that we wish to one day be our reality. Unlike our real lives that we live minute to minute, day to day, year to year, with ups and downs and with a million possibilities of outcomes, fairytales always remain the same, with the minutes of reading, and the intoxicating words that make you cry, laugh, and dream. The importance of fairytales will live on forever just like the authors that wrote them. The Search: Throu... ... middle of paper ... ...ms, and foster a sense of hope. In society, fairytales create a common denominator between races, religion, and bring together humans in our sense of hope and our desire for the ultimate fairytale ending. Works Cited Bottingheimer, Ruth “Fairytales” Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood history: New York. Fairytales “Find Grimm’s Tale” web 15, Feb 2000. Gale facts Bettelheim, Bruno “The Importance of Externalization”. The Uses of Enchantment. The Meaning and Importance of fairytales. New York: Vintage books 1976 Bettelhem, Bruno “The Child’s need for Magic”. The Uses of Enchantment. The Meaning and Importance of fairytales. New York: Vintage books 1976 The Little Mermaid, Dir. Ron Clements, John Musker. Per. Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes. Walt Disney Pictures 1989 VCR Robbins, Terri Personal Interview 3, February 2014
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