Final Exam Blog

Fairy tales matter, much more than most people think, to both children and adults. For children fairy tales provide another route of learning lessons and morals focusing on how to behave, treat other people and what life can throw at them. These tales teach them to deal with the bad times and recognize the good ones. In addition, they encourage children’s imagination to continue to grow, which many begin to lack as they get older. Fairy tales don’t lie and shelter children as parents often do and thus these tales prepare children for the “real world” that they’ll have to be apart of one day. For adults fairy tales represent a way to connect with their children. These tales also encourage adults to rediscover their imagination and remind them that anything is possible. This hopefully encourages these adults to change the unhappy aspects of their own lives, as many seem to lose a sense of what happiness is and the idea that anything can happen in adulthood. Throughout the semester I was consistently surprised to see how many fairy tales paralleled each other. For example, many included the same themes such as wealth and beauty. Some also seemed to appear in others as Bluebeard could be seen as incorporating elements of Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast. Also the creative license that Disney took with the fairy tales was quite surprising to me. Although he keeps the main themes he added certain elements to the ideas of love and magic, perhaps for the purpose of entertainment, that don’t appear in the original versions. I think watching some of the Disney movies and reading fairy tales back to back would have been worthwhile. In doing this I would have found it easier to see the changes made by Disney and present day culture as a whole as opposed to simply discussing them or reading them through the eyes of authors like Zipes. 

 

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