ELA 20 The Original Fairytales – Not What You’re Expecting
While you likely grew up thinking of fairytales as stories with a happy ending after heros and heroinnes manage through a complicated problem, the original fairytales were stories intended to scare children into submission and doing what they were told. They were dark, included elements really not appropriate for children, by today’s standards, and are suprisingly different in their messages.
One of your tasks in this section is to select one of the original fairytales. You’ll read it to understand what they used to be like and analyze them for patterns or common messages. Then you’ll consider the comparison – how are they a different type of story than fairytales of the present?
Don’t believe me? Check out the Dark Side of the Grimms Fairytales (article)
Sites to find your original fairytale from are provided below.
Note: Make sure you select on that’s long enough that you’ll be able to analyze it for meaning and content. Some of the shorter ones won’t include enough to really consider. Check with me on your story choice if you’re uncertain.
- Thirteen Twisted Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm (article with links)
- Grimms Fairytale “The Robber Bridegroom”
Grimms Fairytale“Cinderella” – dibs called by Madison Grimms Fairytale“Little Snow White” – dibs called by Sam & Julia Grimms Fairytale“Six Swans” Ethan calls dibs
- Second Version of “Six Swans” with audio narration
- Grimms Fairy tale “Little Brier Rose” (Sleeping Beauty)
Grimms Fairy tale“The Frog King” (Princess and the Frog) dibs by Chloe
- Second Version of “The Frog Prince” with audio narration
Grimms Fairy tale“Little Red Cap” (Little Red Ridinghood) dibs by Adam Grimms Fairy tale“Rapunzel” called dibs by Bre
- Second Version of “Rapunzel” with audio narration
- Grimms Fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”