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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tale Relevance

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"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. -ALBERT EINSTEIN
Essential Question:
Happily Ever After:

Fairy tales are NOT relevant to modern society
By Aleah Wong
What is the relevance of fairy tales in our society?
Fairy tales ARE relevant to modern society
Fairy Tale Relevance
in our Society

Background Info:
Fairy tales teach morality
Fairy tales are crucial for children's development
Fairy tales provide guidance to developing one's character
Fairy tales prepare kids for a harsh reality
Rebuttal:
Why Fairy Tales are relevant
Why Fairy Tales are not relevant
Fairy tales contain stereotypes
Fairy tales are not realistic
Fairy tales have explicit themes
Often not appropriate for children
Conclusion:
My Claim:
Counterclaim:
Portrayal of men vs. women, stereotypes of each
Unrealistic beauty ideals that teach girls the wrong message
Ugly associated with evil
"...some stories tell children that unattractive people are more likely to be evil and reinforce traditional gender roles that may be confusing for today's young women." -Liz Grauerholz
Give us unrealistic expectations of life
Mid-life crisis
"Many women end up waiting for their man that fits the image of "Prince Charming" and who will ride in on a steed and rescue them- whereas the reality is often a beer-guzzling sports fan." -Elizabeth Danish
Bibliography:
Not originally written for children
"Themes of violence(e.g., Blue Beard), sex(e.g., Little Red Riding Hood), cannibalism(e.g., Snow White), and many more can be found in these stories. Given that such R-rated topics are present, some argue that fairy tales should be reserved for a more mature audience, if they are told at all." -Dr. Katrina Cooper
Oral tradition of storytelling
Thousands of years old
Wide range of fairy tales
Eventually put on paper, preserved for access today
The Brothers Grimm
"The question of beauty in the Grimms' and other 19th century fairy tales is not limited to physical beauty. When the Grimm's note that a woman is beautiful, it also means that she is innerly beautiful-virtuous, industrious, compassionate, true." -Jack Zipes

"...children do need to learn that life isn't always easy or fair and that there is joy and sadness, love and loss, growth and degeneration. If as parents or society we seek to protect children from all unpleasant events, we do not equip them to deal with the real world." -Sally Goddard Blythe
Encourages development of reading skills
Stimulates imagination, speaks to anxieties and aspirations
50%
50% of parents say Cinderella sends a bad message because it portrays a young woman doing housework all day
"Real help comes from a fairy godmother or wise woman; and real trouble comes from a witch or wicked stepmother" -Jack Zipes
Increases knowledge of world/cultures
Story
Moral
Little Red Riding Hood
Listen to your elders
There is more to a person than outward appearance
Beauty and the Beast
Pinocchio
Lying doesn't pay
The Little Mermaid
Stepping out of your comfort zone is rewarding
Rapunzel
Think outside the box to solve a problem
Hans Christian Andersen
The Snow Queen
"They're relevant!"
"They are not!"
Everyone
Kids
Teens
Adults
"When will my life begin?"
"With every passing hour, I'm so glad I left my tower!"
Disney has changed how fairy tales are perceived
Original fairy tales are different than Disney versions
Fairy tales ARE relevant to society
Fairy tales are more helpful than harmful
Fairy tales prepare kids for a harsh reality, contribute to their development, and teach morality
how many times bigger are the average male disney charcter's wrists compared to a woman's?
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