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Fairy Tale Villains: Wicked or Misunderstood?
Transcript of Fairy Tale Villains: Wicked or Misunderstood?
Wicked or Misunderstood?
The Female Fairy Tale Villain
ENG 290 H 25
22 July, 2013
The Sea Witch a.k.a. Ursula
“We always vilify what we don't understand.”
~Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape
The Wicked Witch of the West
When encountering fairy tale characters, the reader seldom sympathizes with the female villain; however, upon further investigation, query, and a little imagination, one may discover that the female villain may not be inherently wicked, but terribly misunderstood.
The Sea Witch
The Aged Fairy
The Wicked Witch
of the West
The Aged Fairy
As a reader or viewer, do you think that it is acceptable for a character to break the rules of society if they are committing a crime against a “bad guy”?
Name a female villain that you think is misunderstood. What characteristics does she have that cause you to feel this way?
Do you think that people could be born wicked or do you think this is something that is learned? Explain.
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