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Fairy Tales

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HUMA 2680
Barbara Lazar

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Fairy Tales I: Traditional and Literary
Sleeping Beauty
-about jealousy, procreation, marriages, castles
-fairy tale substitute
-versions are reprinted; we know are not the real deal
-there are many different versions of the same tale
Myth vs. Legends vs. Fairy Tale
Myth: usually about creation, God and how, they explain questions of life, unique to
certain people
Legends: about real, half-real, fake heroes, about battles long ago, about the past
Fairy Tales: stories of magic, indefinite past, traditional themes
1.-general characteristics, take into aspects of timelessness, marvels NOT dreams,
they are unbelievable
2.-some sort of enchantement
3.-usually about one person or family against the ‘supernatural
4.-stalk figures ie. King, princess, boy: easy to associate good or bad. Heroes
often referred to with generic names
-often seen as folktale, all oral
-puritans did not like fairytales they believed they were all lies, sin and mischief
-enlightenment: fills the heart with nonsense
-romantics/Victorians: they saw the child nearest to God, domain of childhood was fairy
tales, they tried to re-write fairy tales
-Froid: fairy tale is the conscious and what it should do
-Uses of Enchantment: it is a reality that children are writing about, their oppressed life,
he would take the fairy tale as an individual response of the person
-Youge: we have a collective understanding of specific ideas, he talks about archetypes
-Tolken says you need to be a child to understand fairy tales, you need to be able to
suspend your beliefs
-Indian fairy tales are one of the first to come out: 1000 years ago
-“DELIGHTFUL NIGHTS- 1550, earliest European fairy tale
Perrault: first collection of fairy tales
-he wrote verses, he was an architect
-his wife died giving birth, was left a lone with three sons and spent his time telling them
fairy tales
-he aligned himself with moderns
-he takes stories like “Little Red RiddingHood” and makes it sound more high class and
present them in from of the French court
-stories that used to be vulgar, he changed creating:l’homme civilise”
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