Archetypes In Fairy Tales

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Many fairy tales are inspired by old fables, and stories which are influenced by the events of the time. The original fairy tales are gruesome and horrific most of the time not including fairies, and not having the target audience be children. Nowadays fairy tales are a big part in a child 's upbringing. Every little girl knows Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and more, and their story. Almost all modern fairy tales are inspired by old folktales from around the world. The horrid parts of the tales are left out and replaced by happy endings to make the story more appropriate for the target audience, children. Having these stories in their lives makes them believe the best in people and preserve their innocence of the world around them. Reading fairy …show more content…
One of them is the Earth Mother. Mother Holly is literally the mother of earth. When she shakes out her duveau, it snows on earth. When working at Mother Holle’s house, there is all the food and drink anyone could dream of. The beautiful and hard working daughter is not used to all the wealth and soon becomes homesick because of it. Another character archetype is the Outcast. The beautiful daughter jumps into the well, after the spindle. Her stepmother would rather let her die than have the deed unpunished. This is an example of the horror of the original fairy tales. Many people believe, “Disney is the Personification of all that’s wrong with the way fairy tales have been introduced to generations of kids” (“The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” 1). The horror is taken out of the stories and made bearable for children. When the ugly, lazy daughter walks through the gate she gets covered in black pitch. Black stands for evil and chaos. The daughter causes chaos in her step sisters life by making more work for her and treating her like dirt. She and her mother would both be considered evil characters. In an interview Young says, “ He and other mythologists find meanings that an author may have never intended. That doesn’t mean the symbolism isn’t there” (Kisken 3). The archetypes and symbols may have not been intended to be interpreted this way in the author 's perspective, but they can …show more content…
The time before the daughter went to Mother Holle, she was treated poorly by her family. When she came back she was welcomed with open arms because of her newly earned wealth. Young writes, “It is a great treasure to know and reveal which tales from our childhood have a hold on us” (Young 2). Sometimes people are in situations that feel familiar because they have experienced it many times as a child while reading fairy tales. The story about Mother Holle shows how fake people can be. This tale teaches children and adults the importance of hard work and what comes with it. It demonstrates to children how to live their life in the best possible way. Young writes in an article, “Various people can imagine the tales quite differently” (Young 2). Having the topic of hard work brought up may make people think about the consequences and how much good can come out of it. Some people may think about something else. Working hard makes people reach their goals, being lazy gets punished in one way or

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