“The love for the Fatherland is so godlike and so deeply impressed a feeling in every human breast that it is not weakened but rather strengthened by the sorrows and misfortunes that happen to us in the land of our birth.”
Disney’s Tangled is an engaging retelling of the story of Rapunzel. While the film reflects the obsession with youth and beauty that exists in our culture, it also demonstrates our ability to stand up against it.
Although we understand that fairy tales were originally geared towards adults, we still know that children were often in the audience when these tales were read. These tales meant different things to the different audiences.
“They believed they were hearing the truth and opened the door.”
We tend to believe what we want to believe when perhaps it is only just a little bit a truth mixed in with a bunch of lies.
“…but not all wolves
Are exactly the same.
Some are perfectly charming,
Not loud, brutal, or angry,
But tame, pleasant, and gentle…”
Though in many ways women have traditionally been placed in subservient roles, they have still found a way to have their voices heard – some by using their feminine wiles and others appealing to the compassionate side of the men around them.
When we hear the words fairy tale, we often think of Hans Christian Anderson, Lewis Carroll, and, of course, the Brothers Grimm but do we ever think of Chaucer? Do we think of Keats?
The struggle for power and control comes in many forms. Throughout history, humankind has built nations, established religions, and started wars. Though various reasons are often given for these events, the main cause usually comes back to the desire to gain control and assert power over the people around them in an effort to shape the dominant culture.