Modern Day Fairytales
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A quick look at the shelves in the juvenile section at any public library reveals that the best-known of our fairy tales take a number of forms. Though the central themes and main characters remain the same from one version to the next, plot variations are evident. The paper shows that only recently, humorous authors have added yet another form to this complex body of literature--politically correct fairy tales. Focusing on the tone and attitude of the respective writers, this paper compares a traditional version of the Cinderella story with one that meets current criteria for political correctness.
From the Paper:"Furthermore, in Galdone's traditional story, there is an underlying sense that there is a message, a moral to be learned. For example, the fairy godmother encourages a sad Cinderella to "just be a good girl, and I will see that you go" (Galdone). Of course, the implication is that as long as a person is good, she will receive everything desired. In the last passage, the stepsisters throw themselves at Cinderella's feet and beg her forgiveness for having treated her so badly. Cinderella gently pulls them to their feet. As she hugs them, she reassures them that she loves them with all her heart and asks them in a decidedly supplicating way to love her always as well."
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