Scary Fairy Tales Comparison Essay

A discussion on whether fairy tales are too scary for children through a review of Lisa Belkin's article, "Are Fairy Tales Too Scary for Children?" and Joanna Weiss's article, "Fear of Fairy Tales".
# 146174 | 918 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 20, 2010 in Literature (Children) , English (Comparison)

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This paper discusses how original fairy tales were written as warnings to scare children into behaving and following the rules set by their parents and how companies like Walt Disney have changed the endings so that children believe that there is always a happy ending. The paper examines how in the article "Are Fairy Tales Too Scary for Children", Lisa Belkin believes that the Disney version of fairy tales are better because they give a better message. In contrast, the paper looks at how Joanna Weiss does not see it this way in her article, "Fear of Fairy Tales" and how she believes that removing the dark part of fairy tales changes the entire fairy tale.

From the Paper:

"When talking about Grimm's fairy tales Belkin states, "these stories give the message that unattractive people are evil, women can get by on their beauty, and you never see Princess Charming swooping in to rescue the Prince" (Belkin 1). She goes on to say that the only movie/fairy tale with a slightly different outcome would be Shrek and even then it is a modern tale and really the only difference is the ugly girl (ogre) gets the guy. The main change is the "sanitizing" (Belkin 2) of the original versions of the fairy tales. Belkin, goes on to give a few examples of the sanitization, The Little Mermaid originally had the mermaid witnessing the Prince marry a random princess and she's so distraught that she plans to kill the Prince in his sleep. She realizes that she cannot take his life because she loves him so much, so instead she jumps into the sea and dies by turning into sea foam (Belkin 2). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Belkin, Lisa. "Are Fairy Tales Too Scary for Children." 12 Jan. 2009. 3 Oct. 2010. <>.
  • Weiss, Joanna. "Fear of Fairy Tales." 21 Sep. 2008. 3 Oct. 2010. <>.

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