The article below discusses the unrealistic expectations fairytales give to young people. First off, they always have a happy ending. Life is not like that. Life is nothing like a fairytale. Do fairytales offer children an escape? Absolutely! Everyone needs an escape. Why do adults read? So, is the issue the interpretation and impact on young impressionable minds?
I don’t have an issue with fairytales with one exception. The rescuing of the damsel. We see in fairytales the beautiful Princess being rescued by a handsome Prince. Well that’s sweet and all but it also sends the message that females need a man to rescue them.
We need to remember the time in which these fairytales were written. That is why the female is always in need of rescuing. If these tales were written today, can you imagine how different the stories would be?
This is why I love the movie, Ever After. We know the damsel in distress is strong and she will be just fine with or without a prince coming to her rescue. She’s a fighter. This alone is beautiful. It’s a message that young girls need to see. Make your way, don’t count on anyone to rescue you. When life kicks your ass, kick back! That’s my kind of fairytale!