Informative Synthesis Fairy Tales

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Informative Synthesis Fairy tales play a big role in society whether we realize it or not. They have been told by parents to their children for many generations. Everyone has been introduced to fairy tales whether it’s on TV, from a children’s book, told by someone else, we have all heard a fairy tale. Most of the time fairy tales are being told without thinking what they are about. Fairy tales have effect on people even if they do not know it, and four fairy tale analyzers have written articles discussing it. “What Fairy Tales Tell Us” by Alison Lurie discuses about how the individual reader is affected by the messages of a fairy tale. Bruno Bettelheim’s “The Struggle for Meaning” expresses his thoughts on how fairy tales have an effect on children. Max Luthi talks about how gender does not matter, and everyone is affected by fairy tales in his article “The Fairy Tale Hero: The Image of Man in the Fairy Tale”. Kristen Rowe, similar to Luthi’s focuses on the messages in fairy tales that are specific to women. All four articles have similarities and differences of opinion on how fairy tales can affect people.
In Alison Lurie’s article “What Fairy Tales Tell Us” she starts off saying that different readers will walk away with a different idea from fairy tales. She also states that what we take from the tales depend on who the reader is and the generation they are from. Lurie also talks about how that a modern reader would take a story to be about finding love and an older reader would take it to be about the proper behavior of women. Lurie says that fairy tales are meant for children but they still entertain adults with underlying messages.
In Bruno Bettelheim’s article “The Struggle for Meaning” he talks more about the effects that fairy tales have on people, in particularly children. Bettelheim says that culture doesn’t want children to know about how bad things/people can be, so we try to cushion them from real world experiences by telling them fairy tales.



Cited: Bettelheim, Bruno. “The Struggle for Meaning.” Folks & Fairy Tales. Ed. Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2009. 323-335. Web. Lurie, Alison. “What Fairy Tales Tell Us.” Folks & Fairy Tales. Ed. Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2009. 359-367. Web. Luthi, Max. “The Fairy-Tale Hero: The Image of Man in the Fairy Tale.” Folks & Fairy Tales. Ed. Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2009. 315-323. Web. Rowe, Karen. “Feminism in Fairy Tales.” Folks & Fairy Tales. Ed. Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2009. 342-358. Web.

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