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Fairytale Presentation

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Kristy Simonson

on 1 February 2014

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Folk &
Fairy Tales

Snow White
Brier Rose
Questions to Consider
The Goose Girl
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Ashley Redekop
Diana Hiebert
Kristy Simonson
Abjornsen and Moe
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
In each of the respective fairy tales, a feminine ideal of beauty and passivity is found in each of the heroines, which reinforces cultural stereotypes that beauty is a determining factor in success
Beauty creates discord; Step mother is envious
Huntsman releases her on account of her beauty
Prince chooses her because of her beauty; Beauty enables her "fairy tale ending"
Placed in glass case as if on display
Does not react against stepmother’s cruelty
Is fooled by stepmother three times; easily persuaded
Easily adheres to conditions of seven dwarves

Chosen because of beauty
The beautiful daughter is seen as the families only asset
The protagonist is beautiful and virtuous, while the troll- princess is ugly and non- virtuous
Her beauty compels male characters to action, while the princess remains passive
Association of beauty and virtue; virtue is defined by passivity
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty given as gift
Similar to Snow White, her beauty enables her happy ending; the Prince rescues her because of her beauty
She is passive because her beauty speaks for her
Feminine Ideal
A social standard of beauty and demeanor that women are expected to meet and maintain in order to be revered by society.
A behaviour of fairytale heroines that is completely resigned to the desires of patriarchal society.
A striking aesthetic exclusive to a fairy tale heroine.
1. Do you agree or disagree with Quote1? Do you believe that our thesis is unfair to the nature of fairy tales?

2. Do you think that there is a danger in reading classic fairy tales to children
(refer to Quote 2)? Why or why not?
Important Quotes
“Of course, I’ve been unfair to the very nature of the fairy tale:
it is crude, it is transparently wishful, it does reflect the unquestioned prejudices of a conservative patriarchal folk culture.
Yet fairy tales contain an incalculably rich storehouse of mysterious, luminous, riddlesome, and ever-potent images, a vast Sargasso sea of imagination.
Though characterization is minimal, plots are bold and original; if endings often have a hasty, perfunctory quality, nonetheless fairy tales can encompass in the space of a few fluid passages complete miniature narratives.
Like the folk ballads, the tales spring from a diverse and anonymous communal source, mysterious in their origins as language itself” (Oates 103).

Important Quotes
"The pervasiveness of fairy tales in our society, through books and movies, suggests that there are many opportunities for these messages to become internalized"
(Baker-Sperry & Grauerholz 724).
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