An Examination of the Fairy Tale in Literature

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They have been with us since were old enough to be read to or told a story. When we were young they brought us entertainment and often instilled within us the foundations of what would later become the structures of our morals and character. They are fairy tales and though it may be implied that we are meant to grow out of them, many people find it comforting to return to them throughout their lives. Many of the great authors of our time and the past have found fairy tales to be a great source of material. Their views on fairy tales can be contradicting, however, with many of them expressing a disillusionment with the typical “fairy tale” ending and at the same time latching to these stories for the comfort they found in their…show more content…
When Cesare’s quest leaves Vincente gone for many years and he begins to take a liking to the blossoming young Bianca, Lucrezia becomes insanely jealous and thus the original tale of her quest to kill Bianca is woven into the plot. This telling is told mainly from Lucrezia’s perspective, however, and a reader finds it very easy to sympathize with her for the same reasons Sexton was able to provoke empathy for her Queen. Lucrezia knows the corrupt ways she tends toward and the reader is constantly reminded of her guilt for this throughout th novel. At the same time, she knows that there is no other way for her to be and that no matter how hard she may try she will never be able to change. Bianca is not portrayed as stupid in the novel as in Sexton’s poem, but instead she is shown to be the innocent, ignorantly wonderful child of the timeless fairy tale we all know. Despite her sickeningly sweet demeanor, however, Maguire is still able to provoke intense feelings of pity for Lucrezia as she struggles through trying to mentally allow herself to become a better person but inevitably failing. Gaiman’s short story, Snow, Glass, Apples, is the only one of these three works to out-right vilify our pale-complected heroine. In his story the reader finds it very easy to side with the “evil” Queen because he puts on Snow White the dress of a vampire. She
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