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The Role of Fairytales in the Present Day

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The Role of Fairytales in the Present Day Traditionally fairytales were intended for an adult audience, and were a way of communicating ideas about the issues of everyday life. It was only a matter of time before the appeal of the violent, magical and just world of fairytales drew children in and fairytales are now undoubtedly essential reading material for any growing youngster. So what is it about these fairytales that both children and adults find so fascinating? Young and old alike take great delight in hearing the story of a fairytale, and fairytales have enjoyed constant popularity. One reason behind fairytales' longevity is their ability to entertain - whether it be through evil wolves, beautiful princesses, enchanted fish or simply ordinary children. There is something about the notion of a fantasy land, with its mysterious woods, enchanted creatures and gingerbread houses, that makes for a lovely story. Children especially, adore the violent punishment of a fairytale's antagonist and take joy in the victory of the hero or heroine. More than that, it is the certainty of these events, and the assurance of 'a happy ending' that people find so refreshing. ...read more.


Greed, lust, love, jealousy and more are all dealt with in the fairytales. While dealing with issues affecting people in everyday life, the tales are disguised by a thin veneer of metaphor and magic which removes them from the immediate world, making them universal in tone. What is so remarkable about the stories is that people from all age groups are able to identify with them, and are able to see the moral message of the story. The fact that fairytales are now heard predominantly by young children, means that the stories' moral views can influence children from an early age, at a time when they are in their most formative years. Thus they have a large impact on a child's formation of their morals, and can make a real difference to our world. The values and morals of the fairytales are just as relevant now as they were in the time of their inception, if not more. Perhaps people who obsess over their appearance, and are concerned with their benefit alone should have a read of Snow White. ...read more.


Perhaps, the traditional stories should be brought back into circulation to more greatly affect children. Despite the tales being watered-down somewhat, they still maintain the same basic moral messages an are present in the originals and these messages and morals are urgently needed if we are to advance from the pessimistic, 'dog-eat-dog' world of today to a more honourable and just world of the future. Fairytales' relevance does not end with their ability to entertain or to instil moral values. They are inspirational stories, stories that give us hope and something to strive for: a truly just world. Not only do they have an impact on the lives and morals of people from all backgrounds, but they provide a dream for which we can all strive to reach. The fantasy of the truly just world presented in fairytales is most probably just that - a fantasy. However, by striving for that goal, endeavouring to live as is depicted in the fairytales, and doing what the stories show to be fair and morally right, we can certainly make an impact on the world for the better. Fairytales Word Count: 994 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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