Essay on An Examination of the Fairy Tale in Literature

2873 Words Apr 10th, 2008 12 Pages
They have been with us since were old enough to be read to or told a story. When we were young they brought us entertainment and often instilled within us the foundations of what would later become the structures of our morals and character. They are fairy tales and though it may be implied that we are meant to grow out of them, many people find it comforting to return to them throughout their lives. Many of the great authors of our time and the past have found fairy tales to be a great source of material. Their views on fairy tales can be contradicting, however, with many of them expressing a disillusionment with the typical “fairy tale” ending and at the same time latching to these stories for the comfort they found in their …show more content…
When she bites into the poison apple, Snow White has then allowed herself to be fooled twice by this old Queen. Such naivety would not be pitied in real life, so why should it be pitied in fantasy? This seems to be the question Sexton is posing to readers.
Gregory Maguire is probably most famous right for his fantastic re-telling of the fabled Wizard of Oz history from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view that he aptly titled Wicked. What many people don’t know is that he has undertaken the re-elaborating of a few other timeless tales, one such tale being that of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While Wicked is a grand re-mastering of a story within the original’s own time and place, Maguire’s novel Mirror, Mirror takes the tale out of a land “far, far away” and places in a historically recognizable time period. This time is 1502, and this place is Italy. While the majority of the characters remain fictional, a pivotal two are assigned to major historical personifications of evil, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia.
The family itself was notorious for its hedonistic life-style, but Lucrezia was infamous on her own for her affinity for poisoning people to gain rank and status in society. This is appropriate considering that Maguire places her in the shoes of the evil stepmother. Though

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