The (Dys)function of Family in Fairy Tales


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17 Nov. 2011
The (Dys)function of Family in Fairy Tales
Fairy tales have existed for at least 1,000 years in one guise or another. Each story has varying story lines, characters and predicaments, but essentially the plot lines, at least in more modern stories, provide the same basic premise. The heroes are placed into a quandary, face seemingly insurmountable challenges, go through horrific ordeals, then triumph over adversity and evil. Another common theme, at least from the vantage point of fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, feature children or young women in peril, having been outcast by a dysfunctional family, only to ultimately live...
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.....ring is socially unacceptable, having an inept and detached father is. Perhaps the stories should be viewed in historical context; certainly were they written today, the fathers would hold a higher position in the family unit.
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