For centuries, fairytales have been used for instruction; to teach children what is expected of them as they age and what terrors behold them if they do not comply with the guidelines laid out for them by their culture/society. Many of the tales were purposely frightful in order to scare children away from strangers, dark corners, and traveling off the beaten path into the dark thicket. Charles Perrault first began writing fairy tales in the late 17th century to educate his children. The morals of those tales often center on what is expected of young women; that they should remain ‘pure’ and ‘docile’. He wrote the tales in a time period when fairytales or ‘jack’ tales were looked at as instructional lessons. They were also widely told around the fire, as entertainment, for adults. Angela Carter adapted Perrault’s classic tales in the 1970’s; changing the victim...
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- The society and culture we grew up in and live in is fascinated by folktales, fables and fairytales. Naturally, as a child I was constantly exposed to such stories and the background knowledge I acquired consists of the movies and children’s books I’ve read. Majority were fairytales where I noticed a constant trend of magic. For example, in Aladdin there are magic carpets and genies and in Sinbad the Sailor there are ogres and other mythical creatures. Although I am familiar with many fairytales, I am not aware of many folktales.... [tags: fables, fairytales, folklore]
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