In the story The Young Slave by Giambattista Basile, Lilla, the sister of the Baron, was playing a game with the other girls her age in the garden trying to jump over a rose without touching it. All the girls failed except Lilla, although one leaf did fall off but Lilla ate the leaf before any of the girls noticed it had fallen off. Lilla became pregnant after eating the rose-leaf in dishonesty. This is an example of evil falling upon those who are generally good. Lilla kept the pregnancy a secret and after giving birth to the child- who Lilla named Lisa- she sent Lisa to live with the fairies. One of the fairies cast a curse upon the child, that when the child was seven years old she would die from a comb stuck in her head. The child had just been born and had not done any evil to anyone. This is another example of evil falling upon those who are good. When Lisa was seven years old the curse actually transpired, her mother “encased the body in seven caskets of crystal, one within the other, and placed her in a distant room of the palace, keeping the key in her pocket” (p.80). Upon her death, Lilla left all her belongings to the Baron including the key. The Baron promised Lilla that he would never open the last r...
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...artful and active; the one a sort of angel, the other an undeniable witch” (p. 291-292). This reaffirms Snow White as being good; evil falls upon her. Likewise, in the criticism by J. Zipes, titled Breaking the Disney Spell, J. Zipes talks about how Disney had taken the story Snow White from the Grimm Brothers and “changed completely to suit his tastes and beliefs” (p.347). One thing Disney did not change though was the evil that fell upon Snow White, “a banished princess… who would triumph over deceit” (p. 346).
These stories of Snow White and showing that evil does comes to those that are good is more of a reality for children than always showing that good happens to those that are good and evil happens to those that are evil or bad. We do not live in a perfect world; therefore we should teach children that fairytales are not always a perfect world either!
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