During the late 1600s, author Charles Perrault produced works of literature that were read to us as children: fairy tales. Perrault utilized fairy tales as a way to communicate what he perceived to be as sound advice to his audience. Two of Perrault’s fairy tales, variations of the well-known Cinderella, are titled “The Little Glass Slipper” and “Donkeyskin.” Both variations capture a common moral associated with Cinderella stories that those who are good-hearted will be rewarded. However, can Perrault’s versions of Cinderella positively impact today’s youth as it did (assuming) in the late 1600s? With consideration of the many relatively recent advancements in women’s rights, Perrault’s “The Little Glass Slipper” and “Donkeyskin” conflict
As shown in the novel Bound, historical fiction was beneficial in helping readers to understand the past. The characters of Sally Gunning’s novel were helpful in allowing the reader to understand daily aspects of colonial
Fairy tales are often said to be an enchanting way to introducing children to the inherit sorrows one experience in the world as they grow older. The classic fairy tale Snow White presents enchanting characters that are the representation of archetypical characters. In Sandra’s M. Gilbert’s and Susan Gubar’s essay “Snow White and Her Wicked Stepmother” the author’s analysis of the classic story of Snow white. The most captivating argument within this story is that it foreshadows the underline issues that come with a young girls shift to womanhood. The authors point to key moments in the story that are reminiscent of the standards placed on women in society. The rivalry that goes on between the wicked mother and the beautiful naïve daughters and shown to reflect
For a book to appeal to its readers, it needs to have a strong, universal theme. Although many people may have not specifically experienced Blanche’s
This powerful statement from Hillary Clinton underpins the injustices of female representation in the past. This silence is evident in the Bible verse, ‘Let your women keep silent in the churches,’ (I Corinthians 14: 34-37) and Virginia Woolf’s concept that “Anon … was often a woman [who could not otherwise get the respect of male counterparts].” (Virginia Woolf, 1928, A Room of One’s Own. PAGE). These are only two examples of how females have been largely disempowered by the male constraints of literature. In recent history feminists have deemed it necessary to research the lost and forgotten females and retell history from a distinctly female perspective. This issue is of significant concern to Carol Ann Duffy, the current Poet Laureate. Duffy subverts fairytales, myths and historical stories to empower women, giving them a voice and allowing their stories to be heard. This essay will argue that Carol Ann Duffy presents a feminist perspective in the poem ‘Little Red Cap’.
There are various social issues that come across in our daily lives. One of the most reoccurring is stereotyping. The two characters accessible in this essay are Princess Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess and Hana from Hana’s Suitcase. In these two stories, both girls Hana and Princess Elizabeth have been stereotyped. Hana is stereotyped on her ethnic and spiritual backgrounds; she must face the expatriation and killing of large number of the Jewish people by Nazi’s throughout the Holocaust. On other hand, Elizabeth is stereotyped established on other “old-style” fairy stories; where the princess wishes the rescue and the prince fights the aggressive dragon. She faces a bigot stereotype. This essay will discuss how the authors; Levine (Hana’s Suitcase) and Munsch (The Paper Bag Princess) deal
She remembers graduating Anne Hutchinson Elementary School with a a/line dress that was white lace on the top half and a mint blue/green skirt on the bottom half. She remembers getting picked up at Hommocks Ice Skating Rink at 1:40 to get her new puppy Gracie in Pennsylvanian and the trip being 4 hours long just to get there. She remembers that her family and her picked Gracie out, out of a total of 5-7 other siblings. She remembers falling of a top riser in the auditorium of Anne Hutch and getting 3 enormous bruces all over her legs. She remembers that she used to go up in her tree/play house with a puzzle that had laces on it and other things on it and sitting in there trying to learn how to tie a shoe. She remembers that she learned how
Fairy tales have been told for years and have been adjusted as authors see fit to portray their particular message or create a more applicable story for a new culture or era. At times, these tales remain true to their purpose even when written in different. By specifically evaluating the purpose, moral, and characters within two versions, Brothers Grimm’s titled “Briar Rose” and Charles Perrault’s “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood,” an understanding of their relevance can be distinguished. These versions of Sleeping beauty act as one of these tales though “many…have done their best to make her story go away” (Tartar). Although written in an earlier era, Brothers Grimm’s “Briar Rose” and Charles Perrault’s “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” work effectively on a modern teenage and young adult audience evident in the similar purpose through their tale’s distinct morals and character portrayal.
The literary Canon has been a topic debated for many years. Whether to cut it from the school curriculum or to keep it in the curriculum to teach children messages from timeless classic novels. It has been argued for many years if novels such as Of Mice and Men and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest are classics and should be involved in the canon. These two classics involve a number of messages that the modern day student should learn to take on the outside world. The novels outline messages such as hope, determination, independence and being equal. This is why Literature has the power to highlight injustice and provide a voice to the marginalised. To support this, an understanding of the canon and the classic books studied are needed to
Today as the first speaker I will be talking to you about the need to make studying this novel compulsory and the educational benefits of learning about a classic in American literature. Alice our second speaker will be exploring the concepts about how the novel teaches life lessons whilst having historical values which are still relatable
Fairy tales are a fundamental part of our world and the way we tell stories. There are great deal of fairy tales that have been changed and retold throughout the history of literature. If there were a folktale that ruled the world literary canons, it would have to be “Cinderella.” The literary canon is considered to be a body of literary classics. They are the “must reads.” By now, the story is widely familiar in the world of literature. The tale is of a damsel in distress, forced to work while her mean stepsisters are incredibly self-centered and lazy. With the help of her fairy godmother, she has the magical opportunity to transform into a beautiful princess and attend a ball, where she loses one of her glass slipper and catches the eye of Prince Charming. Hugely significant and popular in the American canon of children’s literature, Walt Disney’s Cinderella is the most beloved examples of a literary canon.
It is through our experiences and context that we shape the way we perceive the world. However, it is through texts that writers are able to challenge and at times destabilise these perception’s, to convey their ideas and values. Both, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Rose Blanche have been written to show the audience something about the impact of an individual’s context, using the Holocaust as a backdrop. Each text has a purpose and has been written to meet that purpose.
Historical fiction is a fun yet informational genre for people to read. “Reading historical fiction provides students with a vicarious experience for places and people they otherwise never know” (Rycik, Rosler,
The immediate pronunciation of Kieran’s death, “by then he was dead”, leaves the reader guilt-stricken, contemplating that maybe if people were less engrossed in their own lives and more attentive to others, Kieran would be alive today. In the second article, ‘The Ugly Truth about Beauty’ Julie Hosking compares the lives of two girls, showing two extremes – a little Somalian girl and American girl. The contrast between these girls displays how invigorating the little American ‘princesses’ childhood is, alternatively how depressing the little Somalian girl’s childhood is. “The first one lives in a dustbowl, nothing between her and unforgiving sky. Her clothes are torn and dirty, her feet rough and bare. The second lives in a four-bedroom house surrounded by trophies. Her clothes are covered in feathers and sequins, manicured feet ensconced in silver heels”. The descriptive comparison between the two girls in the opening paragraph entices the reader and notes how the African child is deprived of her childhood because of hunger and poverty and how deceptive the other little girl’s childhood is through the glamorisation and vicarious motives of her mother.