Fairytale Analysis: "Aladdin's Lamp" and "Little Red Riding Hood"

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The manifestations of fairytales reflect significance beyond a simple one-dimensional context and as a natural departure from the source tale, their transcendent nature is evinced by their ability to shift, not replace, the tales values, archetypes and contextual paradigms beyond the intentional. This shifting nature predicates the textual integrity of the tale, allowing it a pertinent and germane makeup, built upon its didactic nature. This significance is especially apparent in the appropriations of ‘Aladdin’s Lamp’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

Aladdin’s Lamp, 1704, was included in Antoine Galland’s translation of Arabian Nights., however, it has a status as a disputed orphan tale, bearing its origins vaguely from an 1115 manuscript
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However, some are included that are only applicable in its original era. Often mentioned are slavery and the designation ‘slaves’. Aladdin shows no aversion to this nomenclature because this harsh practice was commonplace at the time, a historical paradigm that isn’t particularly relevant to our modern society. The 1992 Disney Appropriation of Aladdin warps the values of the original and provides a very different, but a substantially contemporarily significant text. One of the most contextually relevant changes is the westernization and bastardization of the genie into a moniker for materialism and consumerism through the use of satire, aimed at imitating the social paradigms of our modern society, this is also shown in the opening scene of the movie, where the Jewish character ‘telling’ introduces Agrabah as a mysterious, enchanting place with ‘the finest merchandise this side of the river Jordan, on sale today!’ designed to mimic modern advertising, placating the reader to examine the commercial nature of society.

‘Grandmother’s Tale’ is a thematically complicated oral tale of female intuition and maturation, subverting the ideological patriarchal hegemony of the 18th century by outwitting the bzou, which symbolises an oppressive male, the tale empowers the female figure
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