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?
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.
“…but not all wolves
Are exactly the same.
Some are perfectly charming,
Not loud, brutal, or angry,
But tame, pleasant, and gentle…”
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.
“They believed they were hearing the truth and opened the door.”
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.
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.
“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.”