Gender Roles And Gender Stereotypes In Fairy Tales

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Once upon a time fairy tales were born. Many of the fairy tales we have learned were first written between 17th and 18th century, even though their real origins could be traced further back1 in myth, stories, and legends passed down orally. Some first known authors are Giambattista Basile in Italy, Charles Perrault in France, and the Grimm Brothers in German. The two last authors being considered more collectors or such stories2. Interestingly each one created their own versions based on their reality and the audience they were writing for, and such tales had a content highly politic and violent in some cases. Nevertheless, such tales were not the sweetened version we have been exposed to because they were created in a different time in which people had to face different threats depicted in fairy tales. With Disney 's movies such tales were softened trying to keep their essence at the same time. The stories in fairy tales usually include a moral, they happen in a different reality with magic creatures and archetypical and simple characters. Fairy tales have amazed, scared and entertained children for decades, and they were created in a time reflecting societies that needed a way to educate, and in many cases dominate their population taking care of them at the same time, but with a message that is not timeless. First, in fairy tales narrative we can find strong gender stereotypes representing a time when roles were clearly set and people had to be obedient to authority

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