Analysis of Children\'s Fairy Tales


Week 1-Fairy Tales

I was fascinated by reading fairy tales, especially the ones by the
Brothers Grimm. By analyzing them according to the protagonists, settings ,
themes, and occurrences I have noticed many similarities in the fairy
tales.

I found the protagonists of all the stories to be mystical and
mysterious. Many of the protagonists tended to be characters such as Kings
and Queens and other authority figures. Perhaps this was so the children
could look up to them. Second of all I noticed that there was always
something unique about the protagonists that made them different from
people in the ordinary world. I read a variety of protagonists such as
hunters, poor peasants, a lazy girl, three little men, and a Miller and his
wife. I did not read one fairy tale that had a plain and ordinary type of
protagonist.

In the way of settings I again noticed that most of the settings were
peculiar in some way or another. Rarely would I read of a setting of an
ordinary place such as what you and I may live in. they always had
something mystical about them. Only places that children dreamed about were
used. These were places such as palaces, and Kingdoms, mystical forests or
a witches castle. One story was of a lonely cabin located in a mystical
forest. I suppose places like these were used to provoke the children
imagination.

Many of the themes I found to be quite common. I quite often found them
to be about a boy and a girl and them getting together. There was also
usually some sort of a competition were the protagonist would win and get
the girl. The boy and the girl were often a prince and a princess. In
almost all fairy tales the protagonist was put in a situation where there
was a problem. In Cinderellas case she had no money and three wicked step
sisters. How was she to get the prince to notice her. In Snow white, her
beauty was the problem as the wicked witch grew jealous. In some of the
stories by Grimm such as "Thousandfurs", the king had to marry someone as
beautiful as his deceased wife. The only one beautiful enough was his only
daughter. This posed a problem for his daughter. The journeys were usually
of mystical places. Some of them were journeys that used a great deal of
imagination. They were often journey\'s that occurred in dreams. One journey
that really caught my attention was the one that occurred in "Darling
Roland". It was about a witch that wanted to kill her step daughter because
she possessed a beautiful apron that the other daughter envied. By accident
the witch killed the wrong daughter and ended up chasing the other
daughter through the country side. Both possessed special powers and were
using them in the chase. At one point the step daughter turned herself
into a duck and her darling Roland ( the apron ) turned into a lake. Talk
about strange. The story went on and on with strange journey\'s such as
this. Many of the journey\'s that I read about were quite out of the
ordinary. I also wanted to note that I found that there was a lot of
violence in these childrens stories. In the " Darling Roland" the wicked
witch "...gripped the axe in both hands and chopped her own child\'s head
off."

A fairy tale is a simple narrative that usually deals with supernatural
beings, such as fairies, magicians, ogres, and dragons. Fairy tales are
generally of a folk origin and are written or told for the amusement of
children. The more sophisticated narratives contain supernatural and
sometimes highly improbable events, scenes and events. They often have
whimsical, satirical, or moralistic character. They are usually a story
that is implausible, incredible, or a lying story that was designed to
delude or mislead.

Fairy tales are very important in the way that it is a way to get
through to children. Because of the way that fairy tales are presented they
became easy for the child to pay attention to. Fairy tales become a
learning medium that children are interested in. Writers take advantage of
this learning medium to try and get through to the children. They try to
employ learning experiences and lessons within the stories. Often the hero
of a fairy tale can leave a strong impression on the child and imprint
morality on him. Fairy tales are a way to get ideas through to the children
as well as a way to get the children to