Essay On Myths And Fairy Tales

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Are myths, folktales, or fairy tales still relevant to our society? Myths, Folktales, and Fairytales have all been teaching our society different lessons for a very long time. Plenty of these stories are parodies because they have been around for such a long time. For example, these stories can be dramatized, but still, have a lesson and these stories can even be turned into a poem. Myths, folktales, and fairy tales are still relevant in our society even if we don’t use them to their full potential. In the story “Yeh- Shen, A Cinderella story from China” by Ai- Ling Louie is a folktale that gives many examples about jealousy. The story starts off with a beautiful little girl named Yeh-Shen and an evil stepmother. The stepmother was jealous of all Yeh-Shen’s beauty since her own daughter was not pretty at all, the stepmother decided to dress Yeh-Shen in rags. The stepmother also…show more content…
Some myths, folktales, and fairy tales are based on violence, instead of good, which can lead us down a wrong path in our society because people might think that the story or “lesson” can do them good. Take the myth called Pandora’s box for example. Prometheus had got in trouble with Zeus, so Zeus decided by punishing to saying he can’t use fire. But Prometheus found a way to use fire, and Zeus did not like this. Zeus decided to chain him up to a rock for many years. Now that is just part of the story, but as the story is told, there is violence in it. The violence is teaching us to not obey, and when a person doesn’t obey you, you should punish them in the cruelest way possible. On the other hand, this myth is also empathizing a good factor at the same time. The lesson or moral in this part of the myth is to do what that person is told by an adult or elder and if that person doesn’t, that person will suffer

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