Fairy Tale Research Paper

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Celia Hamill Ms. Vories English 101 11 December 2013 Not So Happily Ever After As a child I always believed fairy tales were filled with happy endings. Disney movies taught me to believe that fairy tales always end with a happily ever after. As I became older and more exposed to literature, I came to realize that these Disney fairy tales were far from the original stories. My childhood was crushed when I discovered that many of my beloved childhood stories were actually filled with horrors and disturbing endings. A prime example of Disney twisting fairy tales is: “The Little Mermaid”. In Disney’s version, all ends well. The mermaid marries her prince, and the evil sea witch is destroyed. While on the other hand, Hans Christian Andersen’s original version has quite a dark ending. The prince falls in love with another woman and marries her instead of the mermaid. The mermaid dies of a broken heart and throws herself into the ocean off of a cliff. As you can see, there is a vast difference between the two different versions of the story. Disney has altered the original dark concepts of fairy tales, into ones that are filled with good events and a happily ever after. There are multiple differences between the original story of “The Little Mermaid”, written by Hans Christian Andersen, and Disney’s version of the story. For the most part though, Disney does follow the main plot line of the story. A source from mylittlemermaid.com writes, “The girl is a mermaid, the boy is a human prince; her father, the King of Atlantica, forbids her from having any contact with the human world. Meanwhile, a Sea Witch who will do anything to take over the world (the undersea world that is), takes advantage of the situation by luring the heartsick teenager to fall in her trap” (mylittlemermaid.com). Disney mostly follows the original plot line written by Andersen in his original
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