Sunday, September 28, 2014
Snow White is a tale of maturation and growing up. In the Disney version, they add songs and adjust certain plot points to make it seem more mainstream and more for children. They change the scene where the queen asks for Snow White's lungs and liver and she asks for her heart instead. She also makes no mention of eating them. In the Story, the Dwarves have no names and are actually neat and tidy. The Disney film takes away most of the original motifs and turns it into a Damsel in Distress story. There is in fact only one attempt by the queen to poison Snow White as opposed to the three in the original story.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Someone can reach success with magic or marriage. Marriage is a very easy way to achieve success, if one marries the right person. However, success has a very different definition for everyone. Success to one may be wealth and riches, while success to another is happiness with their spouse. In fairy tales, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, success is achieved through magic. It is a common theme in these stories and will remain as such throughout time.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The original tale of Hansel and Gretel is a story of growing up. The children are abandoned, captured by an evil witch, and must think logically to escape. The MGM version keeps the basic motifs, but takes a few liberties of it's own. They share any qualities actually; the characters and plot are kept consistent from the original, but the film altered the ending slightly and added its own quirks. SONGS WERE EVERYWHERE IN THE FILM. The filmmakers probably added these to reach out to children. Many family films have songs and this would keep it competitive with the rest of the films coming out around the same time. The altered ending and plot points were added because the writers wanted to create their own version of the classic fairy tale.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
A fairy tale has infinite definitions for an infinite number of people. Each person takes something different away from the stories they hear and creates a new definition of the term "fairy tale." I believe a fairy tale may be defined as an iconic piece of literature created to P.I.E. Persuade, Influence, Entertain. There are so many different versions of these fairy tales and none of them are quite the same. Each author, each storyteller, has his or her own methods of persuasion, his or her own morals to share, and his or her own ways to convey the story in such a manner that the story will never be forgotten. It is the duty of the storyteller to convey the messages they desire to be shared and those messages vary greatly depending on your own definition of a fairy tale.