The Tale Of The Fairy Tale Essay

1988 Words Apr 25th, 2015 8 Pages
The fairy tale genre presents literature pointing to the prominent stages of life: Trials of growing up, departure from home, and the attainment and proof of maturity (Sellers 10). Jack Zipes, a fairy tale historian, claims that “progress depends on literacy,” and while obscure fairy tale revisionists have made significant strides in this pursuit, David Haase asserts “only the best-known stories, those everyone has read or heard, indeed those Disney has popularized, have affected masses of children in our culture” (Relentless 6, Haase 1). As the fairy tale genre has transformed through not only print, but also technological innovations such as film, the internet, and social media, so have its female characters. While female characters in fairy tales have matured from that of a passive, demure role to that of a multi-cultural, male equivalent heroine, the genre’s adaptations remain sexist towards women (Irresistible 22).
Due to the fairy tale genre’s ability to retell stories based on the evolving portrayal of women in society, it encourages its reader to rethink what they know about the tale. The early patriarchal view in the traditional fairy tale depicting “boys to be boys” and “girls to be girls” based on multi-layered socially constructed binaries is now updated—admittedly with some distortions, omissions, and miscommunications—to engender the possibility of new, acceptable gendered roles. We often enjoy the pastime of telling classical fairy tales to our children, not…

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