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Fairytales or Lessons?

Fairytales or Lessons?

So in this prompt we were asked the question, “if Cole is right about his point, then what are the stories we’ve been reading about describe?”. And more importantly, what do these struggles in the stories address? To me I wanted to focus first on the story of Cinderella. There are many of versions of this fairytale all over America. What stuck out to me, was in the very beginning they described how each area did their version of the story. Most of them except for our classic American fairytale, actually decide to go the route of punishing the stepsisters and stepmother for their actions. While in America our story ends in a happily ever after. They talk it out and move on, while in other places take more drastic measures to get even.

I think this describes the inner struggle that all of us as humans have. It brings up the moral question, do I talk it out and move on or do I take matters into my own hands and get revenge for what is been done to me. There’s no simple answer to this question, it’s a moral dilemma that each and everyone of us has and it is up to us ultimately to decide what to do with it and what outcome we believe is best for ourselves.

Now, if we look at Little Red Riding hood, It brings up the issue that involves children and how dangerous the world can be yet how innocent they see the world. What I mean by that, is that as parents you have to decide at what age and when your child is ready to do things on your own and if they can handle themselves in a dangerous situation or not. And for the child it brings up the question, do you know what to do if you get into a dangerous situation, And can you find the clues in the situation to make a decision to keep yourself safe. There’s probably a broader way to generalize those questions but I can’t seem to put that into words. And can you find the clues in the situation to make a decision to keep yourself safe. There’s probably a broader way to generalize those questions but I can’t seem to put that into words.

Just like with Cinderella, LRRH Has many different versions across the globe. And just like Cinderella again, each ends in a little more gruesome way than our typical American fairytale. America seems to like to shelter their children, and not in a bad way whatsoever, but as a way to shield our youth From the dangers of the outside world and try and preserve their innocent minds.

When it comes to fairytales as we get older we need to go in depth and analyze them more. What purpose was it made for? What moral are they trying to teach our youth? And it seems like we are the only ones who try and preserve the innocence of children while also attempting to connect it with a moral or realistic struggle they may go through as they grow up.

2 Replies to “Fairytales or Lessons?”

  1. Great connections to Cinderella too Sabrina. I think we could also do a lot with this idea of “sheltering…” as a theme. nicely done

  2. Hi Sabrina! I enjoyed your blog post! I like how you pointed out how cultural differences play a part in fairytales. Why is it that the American version of Cinderella has the happy ending while in other countries the stepsisters get the revenge they deserve? I think most societies in the U.S have the mentality of sugar coating things and making things look perfect when in fact it isn’t. This is a good point that could be brought up in the classroom. Does a happy ending give a realistic perception? Life isn’t perfect and maybe it isn’t so easy for most of the students in a public school setting to relate to this type of ending.

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