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Traditional Fairy Tales

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English 2033E
Gabrielle Ceraldi

Children’s Lit – Sept 19 Traditional Fairy Tales Common Elements in Fairy Tales - Royalty  wish fulfillment - Happy ending  marriage, wealth, justice (grotesque) - Gullibility  villains, protagonists - Evil women  queen, stepmother  focus on family dynamics - Talking animals  manifestation of cosmic justice - Death  reversible death (protagonists), permanent death (villains), death of the mother - Morals  purpose of the story - Beauty = goodness  Cinderella vs. ugly stepsisters - Cannibalism  giants and ogres, the Story of Grandmother - The underdog  protagonist  physical size, social class, innocence/naivety, age OBSERVE (patterns, echoes)  ANALYZE (why, what do they mean) Perrault vs. Grimm Brothers - Grimm Brothers (Jacob & Wilhelm)  1812 - 1815 - Charles Perrault  1697 - How does the collector influence the fairy tale? - Grimm brothers wanted to collect a national literature  single German identity - Motivated to preserve these folk tales as authentically as possible - Perrault was writing for an aristocratic audience for the court of Louis 14 - Needed to clean them up and get rid of vulgarities of the peasants - More su
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