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Fairy Tale

Fairy tales of the past were often full of macabre and gruesome twists and endings. These days, companies like Disney have sanitized them for a modern audience that is clearly deemed unable to cope, and so we see happy endings everywhere. This list looks at some of the common endings we are familiar with – and explains the original gruesome origins. If you know of any others, be sure to mention it in the comments – or if you know of a fairy tale that is just outright gruesome (in its original or...

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Fairy Tales

14 Jan 2004 Page 1 of 3 Scholars say fairy tales stress beauty BY ERIN HANAFY ASSOCIATED PRESS January 14, 2004 Fairy tales offer children a fantasy world of magic, romance and adventure where pumpkins are transformed into crystal coaches and a kiss from a handsome prince can bring a young girl back to life. But tales like "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White" are also sending strong messages about the importance of having a beautiful appearance, according to a study by Purdue University...

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Fairy-Tale Paper

“Beauty and the Beast” a Fairy-Tale? At some point in our lives we are all charmed by the magic found in fairy tales. Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiering in 1937, Disney set the standard for fairy tale movies that continue to entertain today. With Snow White’s love and connection with nature, being tricked by a witch, and then saved by a prince, there is no doubt this is a fairy tale. Cinderella seems to be one of the most recognized fairy tales with her fairy godmother, a pumpkin...

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Modern Fairy Tale

modern fairy tale "Once Upon a Time" by Nadine Gordimer establishes itself as a modern fairy tale. It tells the story of a happy family living in an affluent suburb of South Africa who moves emotionally from contentment to fear as they protect and isolate themselves from the rest of the population. It is a reverse fairy tale in order to represent her views of apartheid South Africa. A fairy tale is a type of short story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings. Gordimer uses fairy tale...

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Gender Roles In Fairy Tales

A fairy tale is a short story that typically includes fantasy characters; known to be one of the most well-read genres, including ‘classic’ tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. However, this popular genre has influenced the roles of men and women. In our society men and women are expected to follow certain roles. If these set roles are not followed, they are considered to be non feminine or non masculine. Where did this all being, you might ask?; fairy tales...

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The Importance Of Fairy Tales

Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales The introduction of the book The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim focused on the benefits of fairytales on child development. Bettelheim talks about how important developing the child's imagination is. Developing the imagination allows children to process what they see in the world and process what they hear in stories. This gives them a good grasp on their conscience (11-12). Fairy tales allows for children to learn...

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Fairy Tales and Modern Stories

Fairy Tales and Modern Stories By Esther Hamilton English 100 The author Bruno Bettelheim is telling us in the first two paragraphs how a lot of parents have replaced fairy tales with more realistic stories like “The Little Engine That Could.” This story encourages children to believe that if they try hard and does not give up, he will finally succeed. (Bettelheim) (Sims) When I was a child I was read many fairy tales as well as modern stories. My grandmother told me the story “The Little...

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The Wizard of Oz as a Fairy Tale

For hundreds of years, parents have been enthralling children with stories of magic and wishes coming true. Fairy tales are passed from one generation to the next through oral tradition, and, in modern times, books. As various societies develop, fairy tales are changed to fit the needs and morals those societies want to impress upon their children. Thus, the style and content of a fairy tale is directly affected by the social attitudes of a particular society at a particular time. Jack Zipes adopts...

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Villains in Fairy Tale Stories

Villains in Fairy Tale Stories Almost every fairy tale story has an evil figure. Evil figures that put harm on the main characters life or other people’s life in the story. Evil figures are people in the story who do not want peace for everyone but himself or herself, people who are selfish, jealous, evil, and harmful. Those evil characters also prompt interest and allure in the story, and sometimes those characters are the reason of the climax in the stories. For this essay the three evil characters...

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The Value of a Fairy Tale

Fairy tales are usually stories, which tell us about values of life or lessons about life. They can occur as stories in a book, or movies. Most of movies about fairy tales come from Walt Disney, one of the famous movie companies. Children are the favorite viewers of this kind of movies, and they also learn a lot from these stories. It’s said that fairy tales help create our sense of ourselves and the world as well as telling us about gender roles. Movies such as “Aladdin”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and...

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