Social Criticism in Fairy Tales (synthesis)

Fairy tales are a good way to describe social issues because so many people see them. This has always been a common thing. These stories have to be about something, and usually they express something that it happening in the society in which they are being created. It’s a lot like paintings; art work always has its’ cultural influence. Great examples of this are the Disney movies. These fairy tales came from the stories that have been told for years, but even these have been changed so that they are more appropriate for children. And they still have the social criticism in their undertones.

Fairy tales basically shape the way we grow up. From the time we’re little, they’re how we learn what’s right and wrong. For example, “When the people of Hamelin refused to pay the Pied Piper what they had promised, he led the children of the village away with his magical music. This key moment in a familiar fairy tale carries many insights. It is, at once, a commentary on social values, a vivid example of family tragedy, and a bit of personal psychology. Folklore is compacted wisdom literature that yields more information with each reading” (FolkStory).

A great example of social criticism in a fairy tale is this play I went to. It was your standard Cinderella-like  love story. They were so in love, but it was never meant to be. However, the big-bad-monster, was named Mr.D, and at the end it comes out the Mr.D is a mouse, with big Mickey Mouse-like ears. This is referring to Disney’s hold on all things fairy tale…whether  its the stories themselves or the fame for them, Disney has it.



FolkStory:  Young, Jonathan. “Once Upon a Time.” . . . Fairy Tales Shape Our Lives. Inside Journal, Sept.-Oct. 1997. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.



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