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Fiary Tales are treasures beyond imagination

Posted by DreamSharer on March 20, 2012

Once upon a time, there was a literary genre that we know as fairy tales. They were everything any child wanted to hear because they  were mystical and wonderful and they were a true child’s fantasy. Then dark forces took over these fairy tales making them drastically misunderstood throughout the many centuries that passed. Fairy tales had to endure a hard life of continuous alterations and editing in order to fit what the people who lived in that time wanted. People of our own time are responsible for some of the radical changes endured by this mistreated genre.  As centuries pass and communities change, fairy tales change too.

The greatest treasure of every nation is its folkloric treasure. Fairy tales are part of the literature traditions all over the world. A fairy tale is one of the forms of the people’s linguistic arts where their way of life and  their social system are reflected. Folklore, mythology, traditions, cultural stories, and  many classic tales have been handed down, generation through generation. Many countless treasures containing human thought and diverse experiences still gather together and live in this world even after thousands of years through fairy tales.

Every culture has it is own various collection of fairy tales. However, fairy tales differ from one country to another because of places, cultures, and periods of time. Nevertheless, their unique impact on teaching and entertaining people has never changed. Every class of people, in all parts of the world, has gone down the road of this great tradition for generations, by that giving it more popularity.

The most beautiful thing about a fairy tale is that it allows the reader and the writer to go into a new imaginary world. Fairy tales are not useless for there are many things to learn from them.

The basic type of folktales are myths, legends, and Märchen, or in English: fairy tales. Even till this day, readers continue to find that tales carry almost the same message and themes: the fight between good and evil, wisdom and stupidity, people’s joy and suffering, love and anger, belief and disbelief, moral and justice, truth and fiction, honesty and deception, beauty of the truth and ugliness of prejudice. Fairy tales are also used in ways to express problems, customs, traditions, beliefs, living conditions and views, most of the time more powerful than other forms of storytelling.

Fairy tales are part of who we are today and they are part of our belief system too. They are a significant and integral part of people’s minds throughout their life, they render the dormant poetry; they speak of joy, love, tears, and smothered rage, of the drama of miscommunication.

Many stories, such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” have been told worldwide. They both carry the same message of  the good person will be rewarded and the evil will be punished. These tales and many others went through many variants and different versions where they have taken the readers through many periods in time and all over the world. African, Native American, and even ancient Chinese variants of these fairy tales have been found.  Magical aspects of fairy tales appear in forms such as a fairy godmother or spirit; or in some versions of “Cinderella” a wise animal such as bull or fish. A character of royal descends discovers the special qualities and pure character of Cinderella. The reader then starts to love the character of “Cinderella” and begins to admire her qualities.

In the story of “Ashputtle,” by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the audience would learn how evil is punished. After the stepsisters had their eyes picked out by doves, the story reads: “…both sisters were punished with blindness to the end of their days for being so wicked and false (yahoo.com)”.

The tale speaks of aspiration to and attaining happiness, beauty and truth. For her endurance and determination the character is respected and loved. The characters play different roles in society, have different names, and have different occupations and statuses. Their virtues are considered desirable and rewarded.

It appears that man created fairy tales for reasons that include explaining the unknown, natural events and forces, to show the duality and purity of human and the human mind, and to help societies maintain order and remain stable.

In order for fairy tales to survive, they must be continuously retold to new generations everywhere. Curiosity will always lure children to them making them always come back for more. As traditions are passed on to new storytellers far and wide, it is unknown how much each of the tales will be changed and carried on but they will still survive time and continue to live on. Now and in the future, a new generation of listeners will emerge, and thus new people will begin to study the folktale genre by that we will witness many new fairy tales being created.