I chose to research the genre of fairy tales, specifically the ones written and told by the Grimm brothers. Fairy tales took shape in sixteenth century Italy as literature for adults. They are known to be children’s stories about magical and imaginary beings in wonderful lands. They can also be described as a fabricated story, especially one intended to deceive the mind. It typically features European fantasy characters. The characters may be distinguished from other folk tales such as legends. They can also be found in oral and literary forms. The term is also used to describe something happy, also known as a “fairy tale ending”. The history of the fairy tale is particularly difficult to trace.
I am writing this paper because I am interested in the history and importance of fairy tales. Stories are very important to us because they let us share things with others over time and also with people around the world. If we didn’t have stories, we wouldn’t be as creative as we are now. They also have helped us to talk to more people around the world and see what kinds of stories they like to read. Stories have impacted me in many more ways than one. They have given me more creativity as well as opened my mind to new places, people and things. When you read, you get sucked into another world. It allows you to escape reality for a while.
One day Mr. Boardman announced that we were going to be doing a research paper on fairy tales/fables/folktales. I wasn’t very interested but I figured it wasn’t too bad of a subject. Then he read the original story of “Sleeping Beauty”, and that’s when I got interested. It did in a way confuse me considering Disney took all of these stories that could tend to be morbid, and turned th...
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