Fairy Tales: Good Outweighs Evil Every Time
Once upon a time, everyone was a child with hope in a fairy tale, happy-ever-after, life. A child’s innocence is inevitable; he reads fairy tales looking to see the good overcome the evil, relating it to his own life and the obstacles he faces. Fairy tales always have a happy ending providing hope for the reader; however, some believe this concept distorts real life. If an adult explains the concept of fairy tales, teaches a child the hidden moral, and differentiates between real life and fantasy, fairy tales can impact, encourage, and strengthen a child. Fairy tales have a positive affect, providing entertainment, while teaching morals through obscured concepts.
Fairy tales have been found in every culture; it is believed they stem from common human experiences and therefore can appear separate in many different origins. Surprisingly enough, they were intended for adults when first written. The Brothers Grimm are most well known for fairy tales and linking them to children. They concentrated on eliminating sexual references, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to make fairy tales more acceptable (Fairy Tale 1).
It is commonly believed that fairy tales stem from Aesop’s fables. Aesop’s fables have a more obvious meaning embedded in them. People believe fairy tales derived from the fables because of the hidden moral they try to represent. “Generally, fables use animals or objects as part of the narrative yet the message is designed to apply to humans. By doing this, the fabulist is not perceived as the teacher and this reduces any bias the listeners might have against the person” (Simondi 1). While Aesop’s fables do have a
good moral lesson behind them, children relate more with human beings. Therefore, fairy tales are written with people as the main character, as opposed to animals.
Fairy tales are an important source for children. It is not meant for children to interpret them on their own....