I grew up as a kid believing with these beautiful lines quoted by G.K Chesterton that fairy tales are more than true; Not because they tell us that dragons exist,but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
I have been familiar and have resonated with the Disney version of Cinderella – since my childhood.
Here is a link https://prezi.com/7vpglpw4lj2a/fairy-tales/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy# to a presentation I made last semester that shows how disney fairy tales have influenced people in a particular way because of the similarities in plots. Most Disney plot similarities start with a parent tragedy , evil stepmothers , the heroes run away, they meet friends who empower them along the way,they fall in love , they take revenge and then they live happily ever after. These fairy tales unite us. They are our common points of reference when it comes to storytelling.
I have alsways resonated with Disney Fairy Tales and recalled them as I grew older to confront the injustices and contradictions of so-called real worlds. They live in us offering hope that we can change ourselves while changing the world.I believe that fairy tales and the happily ever after line have made me believe in hope and always keep desiring for good which was good for me as a kid. Hopes, wishes, and dreams were not always fulfilled in the early fairy tales for adults, but they tended to be fulfilled for young readers.
After going through the chapters of Why Fairy Tales Stick I got a lot of clarity on how fairy tales help in being metaphorical modes of communication.
This acts as a cope up mechanism in times of difficulties as it helps you in making comparisons. Sometimes it gives you a false belief that something magical will happen to get you out of the problem when in reality it is not true.
Is the fairy tale by its nature disposed toward happiness, hope, and harmony? It is disposed to informing others as recipients and participants in a civilizing process about pertinent moral predicaments and conflicts and to assisting people to take action.
Human beings have a basic utopian disposition which to some extent gets satisfies with a certain kind of fairy tale. The notion of the happy fairy-tale ending became an ideological notion mainly in the nineteenth century, and even then, many authors such as George MacDonald and Oscar Wilde explored the disappoint- ment of hope and unhappiness in their fairy tales. Indeed, fairy tales seem to be about the past but open up future vistas for the possibility of transformation.
I choose this particular story – Raisel’s Riddle as it portrays the protagonist of the story as a young confident girl who is independent and reflects a feminist attitude. She is no longer meek and docile and does not need to impress a prince or depend on a fairy godmother to help her regain her confidence. Set in a Polish village the protagonists are a motivated heroine and a hero who is drawn to wisdom and virtue. Prince Charming does not fall in love merely because she is beautiful, but because of her wisdom and he needs to prove his worth to marry her. She is not helpless or vulnerable but is drawn to wisdom and virtue which is strikingly different from Disney’s Cinderella.
The Disney version of Cinderella does not encourage a drive to fight for justice but in a way depend on magic to succeed. On the other hand this story helps in connecting to reality and encourages the readers to be self sufficient and independent. It helped me create an altogether fresh perspective of looking at the Cinderella story.