Analysis Of Fairy Tales ' Economic Length And Straightforward Lessons

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Fairy tales’ economic length and straightforward lessons provide gender-related developmental paradigms with not only the pervasive patriarchal view as noted by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, but also the limited yet empowering vision of females. The female protagonist in All-Kinds-of-Fur in Brothers Grimm 's collection displays what at first appears to be a passive, objectified female personality, which a prominent narratologist Peter Brooks points out in his book Reading for the Plot; however, his reading of All-Kinds-of-Fur attracted criticisms from feminist critics due to its gender-blind direction. His formalist interpretation of the fairy tale limits the scope of exploration of the text. Brooks employs All-Kinds-of-Fur to demonstrate how the temporal progression of a plot, motivated by psychological forces, reinforces the narrative functioning of understanding and explanation. Plot to Brooks is a form of desire that carries the readers to the end, but is eventually unsatisfiable by nature. The story of a princess’ escape from the marriage with her father and her marriage with another king does not motivate Brooks to focus on the protagonist’s desire. There is no “wrong” interpretation of a literature, but the reasoning behind the tale’s gender-blind analysis and the necessity of a feminist criticism should be made.
The narratives on which the theory of narratology established itself on spoke mainly to and of male readers, thus the gender seldom contributed a potential…

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