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.
Fairy tales have been part of the collective work of different cultures for centuries. Their main functions were to dictate moral concepts such as good and evil, as well as ideal notions of beauty, femininity, and motherhood. Such tales often told the struggles of different women who were bound to fill out their designated roles in patriarchal societies and were thrashed against each other in order for the author to make a point. The typical representations of women in fairy tales as good or evil, feminine or wicked, is a valid topic for research because it leads to a variety of subtopics, such as women’s relationships as depicted in this literary form. The most interesting aspect of the latter is the rivalry shared between the heroine and
They usually describe a fanciful story line which often happened long, long ago. An example of a fairy Tale is ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Folk Tale genre consists of mythological short stories that are passed on verbally from generation to generation and often involve a lesson to be learned. There are many forms of folk tales, some of which are tall tales and ghost stories and often involve superstitions. An example of a folk tale is ‘The King’s Magic drum’.
Many families have many traditions, but one tradition that is common among all households is that they read fairy tales to their children right before they put them to sleep. They do this to fill their minds with good positive thoughts and leave them with something to think about. Religion dictates the characteristics of familiar fairy tales as religion provides a moral and ethical framework for having a good life, an ideal goal parents want their children to have. On the whole, fairy tales are constantly changed to adhere to cultural or social beliefs that are deemed important by diverse people in a community. A rendition of Cinderella, the story of The Black Cow, changes many renowned characteristics to adapt to Hindu practice and social norms since Indian folk tales “were used to preserve history, important people, and places, as well as the religious rites and ceremonies of various Indian regions” (Gibbs).
When fairy tales were solely oral tales their use was, as Jack Zipes a professor specializing on fairy tales, mentions, 'to communicate knowledge and experience in social context. ' He comments that themes of religion and patriarchy were common in fairy tales, although they tended to be secular (2). When these fairy tales became reading material they were crafted by and for the educated upper class, the aristocrats, the ones who could read (3). Thus, with complex structure and themes they absorbed issues of those in high social
In every Cinderella story they had similarities. For example, all these Cinderella characters were treated very poorly. In aschenputtle she was treated poorly just because she was pretty. Another similarity is that all of them have some form of magic. In Yeh-Shen there were magical fish bones in aschenputtle theirs a magical tree, and in the Algonquin story there was a magical prince who could make himself invisible.
When the word “myth” is spoken or written in today’s society, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that of a tall, muscular man with a beard holding a sword fighting off some sort of fantastical monster. However, when the word is more deeply examined, one can see that the word does not merely describe a story from some ancient time period, but rather it details a certain type of story consisting of certain factors. Some of these factors such as the ability to teach and the belittling of fears can be seen in John Steinbeck’s “Tularecito”. The story of Tularecito is a full-fledged myth, consisting of multiple key factors required to be so. Although myths are mainly thought of as stories from ancient times, “Tularecito” also falls into
Each every creation myth is unique in its own way. Of course, creation myths have their similarities, but each of them has at least one detail that separates them from every other myth. The question is how those similarities came about, considering for some of these groups that didn’t even know that each other existed. It would have nearly impossible and extremely unlikely for them to communicate with each other let alone, share their stories with each other. Yet, despite this there are some extremely common themes and events throughout these myths.
How would the truth of each character’s candor-self illustrate differently? The classic Cinderella tale traditionally utilizes Cinderella’s pain to instill hope and benevolence in her character, but that anguish could instead fabricate a monster. Each Cinderella tale has a slightly different outlook on the fate of Cinderella. Some of the most notable tales include; The Grimm Brothers original fable of “Cinderella”, The Little Golden Book version of Cinderella and the 2015 Disney movie adaptation, Cinderella.