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Messenger For as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories.
They explained the mysteries of the world: They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures, as evidenced by the cave paintings of Chauvet France and Maros Indonesia. A hyena painting found in the Chauvet cave.
Wikimedia images As humanity progressed, other types of stories developed. These were not concerned with the mysteries of the meaning of life but with everyday, domestic matters.
While they were more mundane in the issues they explored, such tales were no less spectacular in their creativity and inclusion of the supernatural. These smaller, everyday stories, combining the world of humans with fantastical creatures and seemingly impossible plots are now classified as fairy tales or folk tales.
Such tales, originating in pre-literate societies and told by the folk or the average personcapture the hopes and dreams of humanity. They convey messages of overcoming adversity, rising from rags to riches, and the benefits of courage.
Hansel and Gretel by Arthur Rackham. Wikimedia images Fairy tales are also extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
Their justice references the ancient tradition of an eye for an eye, and their punishments are ruthless and complete. Originally for adults sometimes for childrenfairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. When the earliest recorded versions were made by collectors such as the Brothers Grimmthe adult content was maintained.
But as time progressed and Christian morality intervened, the tales became diluted, child-friendly and more benign.
Despite these changes, it is apparent that fairy tales are still needed today, even for grown-ups. In an uncanny, sometimes inexplicable way, we consciously and unconsciously continue to tell them, despite advances in logic, science and technology. And if we are not the tellers, we are the greedy consumers.
While these articles have endeavoured to deconstruct the familiar narrative, they have not been entirely successful.
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary. As the titles of some of these stories show, they also feature the mandatory prince charming Williamor the prince who is revealed to be not-so-charming after all Charles.
Is such recourse to fairy tales merely a media stunt to sell stories packaged in an easily consumable, gossip-laden snack box? Or do these articles reflect that deep-seated compulsion of ours to tell and, in turn, to listen to stories? Many fairy tales began thousands of years ago, the age depending on the tale itself.
Wikimedia images In this tale, the beautiful Psyche is visited at night by an invisible lover — hearing only a voice — whom she is led to believe is a monster.
While recorded by the novelist, Apuleiusthe story is almost certainly much older; perhaps having its origins in myth and ritual, and handed down by word of mouth.
The research of Dr Jamie Tehrani has unearthed an early date for Red Riding Hoodwhich he has traced back to at least 2, years; not originating in Asia, as once believed, but most likely in Europe. Other tales studied by Tehrani have been dated to as early as 6, years ago.
Fairy tales are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: They provide forms of expression to shed light not only on our own lives but on the lives beyond our own. And, contrary to the impression that fairy tales always end happily ever after, this is not the case - therein lies much of their power.
They helped our ancestors make sense of the unpredictability or randomness of life. They repeated familiar experiences of unfairness, misfortune, bad luck, and ill-treatment and sometimes showed us how courage, determination and ingenuity could be employed even by the most disempowered to change the course of events.It is a state of being that all, children and adults alike, can enjoy for a few delightful hours in the theater—before returning to the real world, .
Jul 21, · I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. Aug 13, · princesses, beauty, magic, and love, fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella among others have become children’s favorite bedtime stories.
However, as parents tuck their sons and daughters in, they fail to realize that there is a much more daunting purpose to these stories. Visual Effects Created By E.E. Cummings In His Poetry - Visual Effects Created By E.E.
Cummings In His Poetry Edward Estlin Cummings, commonly referred to as E. E. Cummings, was born on October 14, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Children and adults alike enjoy fairy tales because, to a certain extent, there are universal themes which make the stories predictable.
Three of these themes are parental abandonment, victimization, and the all-important happy ending. CY Support positive attachments for children and young people Essay CY Support positive we believe that both children and adults alike flourish in an ordered and structured environment with boundaries; Be healthy Stay safe Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well-being.