Analysis Of The Twisted Side Of Fairy Tales

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The Twisted Side of Fairy Tales In this modern day and age, numerous animated and film adaptations of the classic fairy tales of renowned authors such as the Grimm brothers, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen, to name a few, have fed our imaginations with wonder with its surreal and magical creations of their fantasy world where there is an absolute line between good and evil, right and wrong, and the protagonists and antagonists. To be fairly frank, we think that the modern retelling of those classic tales to children by the storybooks and through the media and film industry is detrimental to them in their perception of reality, in building up their self-image and the development of their absolutist view of good and evil. For several…show more content…
For some, it seems that those fairy tales are sources of entertainment, inspiration or something that instills upon an individual the values of love, honor, justice and so forth. On the other hand, influencing them too with profound and drastic ideas where only the good ones are being rewarded and the bad ones being punished, putting heavy importance in finding “the one”, the promotion of stereotypical views, the importance of beauty and physical appearance, the polarized view of gender roles and exaggerated happily ever after endings. And that is where the concern about the negative effects of either reading or watching fairy tales rises up in the…show more content…
That was where we based this case scenario that promotes a hypocrite view of the world. Ergo, children from an early age learn to stereotype storybook characters and apply it to real life by creating a divide amongst other people. It’s either by just looking at their physical appearances or deformities or by judging their differing social standings and ideals in society. In that manner of thinking, they develop an absolutist or biased frame of mind where they classify the characters and the people around them into the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. In some instances, they have become more prejudiced of other people just because they didn’t like what they see in them or they just don’t match their expectations. Also, it hinders children to develop the feeling of empathy as they are only exposed to the protagonists and not on the equal side of both parties. Usually, the villains were portrayed as the kind of characters that were way out of bounds – malicious, cunning, ugly and

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