Morality Tales Require Action

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Essay #: 063053
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Morality Tales Require Action
Modern physics tells us that for every action there has to be a reaction. In fairy tales and mortality tales throughout the centuries, the good (i.e., females in distress, children tormented by witches or evil creatures) always find some action to rescue themselves, or be rescued by other heroic efforts. Today’s kids grow up with action heroes, often superhuman (even Mighty Mouse!). Before TV and radio and pulp fiction, there were fairy tales and morality tales which were told and retold to teach children and naïve adults some important mortal lesson: Don’t trust strangers…If it’s too good to be true, it usually isn’t….not all animals are your friends….curiosity can lead to danger. These are only some of the...
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.....her were killed or changed their ways, reformed by the deeds of the guys in the white hats. Bluebeard tells his doomed wife “Nothing you can do will save you” (
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226). He was right, of course. But he didn’t count on her being saved and his being killed by her soldier-brothers. Swords flashing, the action saves the girl and her widow’s mite goes to marry off Sister Anne happily. On the other hand, the actions of a hungry wolf ended two lives tragically, but a curious listener, rapt in the actions’ details must wonder: What ever happened to the goodies Red Riding Hood brought her Grandma?
References:
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, Charles: “Bluebeard” from “Villains” in
Folk and Fair Tales
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, Charles: “Little Red Riding Hood” in
Folk and Fairy Tales