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    Rapunzel: A Fairy Tale

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    A folktale is “a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people” (Dictionary.com). The tale can and often begins with “Once upon a time” or “Long, long ago” and has a lesson or meaning behind each one. Each country often has its own set of folk tales, others share the same basic idea but change in some ways to fit their country and ways of life. The story of Rapunzel is one of these such folk tales. The original Grimm fairytale was written and published in 1812. The story was then changed over the years and in throughout different countries, each time keeping the same basic idea of a character wanting something that did not belong to them but taking…

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    When talking about the similarities and differences between Disney princesses and their original Brothers Grimm tales, one might think Disney just took the exact stories, added a song or two, and made a cartoon movie out of it. As a whole, Disney princesses are portrayed as beautiful, young women that always find their perfect man, solve all of their problems, and live happily ever after. On the other hand, the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale stories are far from this. The folk stories that the…

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    Modern Fairy Tales

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    Fairy tales have had one of the most prominent roles in shaping twenty-first century society. This is because these tales have moved away from their oral purpose aimed at teaching a moral to audiences of all ages and towards an audience dedicated more towards children through modern technological, art and production advantages. It is true that fairy tales have been somewhat removed from their original purpose, hence the reason for much of the critique about the relevance of tales in the…

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    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…

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    Beauty In Fairy Tales

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    In the world of fairy tales, the ‘Cinderella story’ often portrays its protagonist as being beautiful and innocent, granting her the ending of ‘happily-ever-after’ with her Prince Charming. Unmatched beauty and subservient innocence have become a virtue for women, a societal expectation. This ideal for women is unfortunately what has been emphasized both in fiction and in contemporary society. In both Roman myths and modern day fairy tales, beauty is an advantageous and essential characteristic…

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    Stereotypes In Fairy Tales

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    has the capability to influence the mind of individuals with images of fairy tale’s beauty norms and with racial depictions. Popular media often creates ideals and stereotypes by using characters in order to unjustly portray the way individuals are to act according to their race and gender roles; these stereotypes and ideals can provide people with a sense of empowerment or have the means to diminish it. Because of the stereotypes fairy…

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    Fairy tales are often pictured as the stories parents would be reading at bedtime to their children before going to sleep. Mostly made of extraordinary features and starting with the famous “Once Upon a Time” are the stereotypes of fairy tales. Actually, the term fairy tales comes directly from French that is literally translated from contes de fées. In 1698, Countess Aulnoy initiated the use of the term “Contes de Fées” for the title of a book, and others writers started using the same term…

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    Fairy tales have a long history, being one of the most popular and well-read genres of literature, that has influenced generations for centuries. Originally oral tales, many world-renowned fairy tales have been recorded as literary texts or produced as a film. With fairy tales being shared in this way, it is too little surprise that fairy tales have become a large part of Western culture. German poet Friedrich Schiller claims that fairy tales still exist and remain extremely popular in almost…

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    Domesticated women Versions of fairy tales determine what an audience wants, you can tell the time period of each tale, also know what they expected and demanded. They are key reflections of the cultural values. You can see how cultural values have changed over the years through the retelling and Disney movies of these essential moralistic fairy tales. There has been little change in the roles of women throughout the years. In these fairy tales all heroines are rescued by a prince and are to…

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    The History Of Fairy Tales

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    it was heard. Whether it was old or new, or even told by the young or the old. These stories that were heard were most likely fairy tales. They have been around for centuries and have evolved in many ways. These tales have made their way from B.C. to 2016 and will continue to make their way. Take a dive into the magnificent world of fairy tales, old and new, gruesome and fairy like, and get to know them for the amazing things that they are. First of all, what is a fairy tale? A fairy tale is a…

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