Analysis Of Valerie Gribben 's ' Practicing Medicine Can Be Grimm Work '

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Fairy Tales vs. Reality In Valerie Gribben’s essay, “Practicing Medicine Can Be Grimm Work,” Gribben states how fairy tales influenced her perceptions as a medical student. Gribben immersed herself into fairy tales to help her cope with her medical practice. She discovered the “connections between the worlds of fantasy and medicine, between fairy dust and consumption” (351). By making this connection Gribben was able to find comfort in remembering “that happy endings are possible” (352). I don’t share Gribben’s belief that fairy tales help us deal with the experiences in our lives. I disagree because fairy tales give people a false sense of hope, also they do not help one to deal with real life problems, and lastly real life does not always result in a happy ending. I disagree with Gribben’s belief, because fairy tales give false hope. Fairy tales generally insinuate that someone or something will one day save one from their problems; this indicates the work of a fairy tale. For example, in the fairy tale “Briar Rose” by the Grimm brothers, it states how the princess Briar Rose was placed upon with a curse by the evil thirteenth fairy that “in her fifteenth year,” she’ll “be wounded by a spindle, and fall down dead” (383). The curse was set until, the “twelfth of the friendly fairies, who not yet given a gift” to the princess “said that the evil wish must be fulfilled, but that she could soften its mischief; so her gift was, that the king’s daughter, when the spindle…

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