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Transcript of Fairy Tales
The setting is greatly influential in Gothic novels. It not only evokes the atmosphere of horror and dread, but also portrays the deterioration of its world. The decaying, ruined scenery implies that at one time there was a thriving world. At one time the abbey, castle, or landscape was something treasured and appreciated. Now, all that lasts is the decaying shell of a once thriving dwelling.
Passion Driven Villian
Curious Heroine (with a propensity to faint and need rescue)
horrifying events or threats of such
secret identities revealed at end
unresolved crimes or conflicts revealed
Zombie Lit/Post-Apocalyptic Narratives
Arise during times of fear: fear of unnatural death, pandemics, terrorism, global apocalypse
Address: dynamics of family, limits of rationality and passion, definition of statehood and citizenship, cultural effects of technology, soullessness of modern day life.
The longevity and power of Gothic Tales stems from the way they help us address and disguise sources of anxiety and socially unacceptable, unfulfilled desires. Some themes in particular recur and are retold because they give us a familiar method for dealing with newly ascendent cultural and psychological challenges.
1) Fairy tales must have a special beginning and/or ending. They usually begin with: once upon a time, or there once was, or there once lived . The ones that have the special ending say: and they lived happily ever after .
2) Fairy tales always have at least one good character and that role is usually restricted to the protagonist.
3) Fairy tales always have evil characters; if not evil, at least misguided. It is the role of the good character to overcome the obstacles that the villain creates.
4) Royalty and/or castles usually exist in fairy tales, but they are optional. We have many fairy tales that do not have castles such as The Little Red Riding Hood .
5) Magic is often prevalent.
6) There is an obstacle which must be overcome.
7) In fairy tales, things often happen in threes or sevens. A good example of this is Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
Protagonist who must conquer or escape evil (Male and Female)
Villain who may have some supernatural skills
Finding a Mate/True Love
Quest/Vengeance For the Wronged
Passed down orally to entertain and teach life lessons
Narrated by Impartial 3rd person
Confirm Righteousness, Condemn Unfairness, Advance
Fairy Tales simplify human experience into a recognizable and enjoyable form, they validate the existence of the marvelous and the supernatural and reflect the human need for excitement and contentment. They also provide a vehicle for the exchange of traditions across generations and impart morals and life lessons. While some are grim and frightening, they always end "Happily Ever After."
Omens, ancestral curses
Some connection to past
Secrets that haunt characters psychologically and physically
Hero's fall from grace
Problem at Home