No Happy Ever After For Our Beloved Fairy Tales

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'Write a persuasive piece of opinion journalism about how fairy tales corrupt children for a broadsheet newspaper such as 'The Guardian ' aimed at a sophisticated adult audience. ' No Happy Ever After for Our Beloved Fairy tales? So then, alongside toy guns and pink dresses fairy tales have been placed on the ever growing pile of what not to give to your children. These dastardly tales apparently contain all the social no’s of our society. They are detrimental to girls’ self-image (small waisted perfect princesses that no real girl can live up to), they are full of politically incorrect messages (girls are rescued by dashing princes, ugly equals evil to name a few) and are presumably full of e-numbers, such is the growing stigma against them. For all these crimes and more, parents are being urged to throw these once beloved childhood classics into a cage and throw away the key. Okay, I may be exaggerating. A little. But seriously, do fairy tales really convince sweet little five year olds that, as literary critic and Professor of English at UCLA Karen Rowe states, ‘beauty as a girl’s most valuable asset, and perhaps even her only valuable asset’ or terrify our darling delights so much that they suffer from night mares. Not really. Indeed, in a children’s Cinderella from ‘100 Classic Stories’ the terrifying punishment the ugly stepsisters share is that they must...wash dishes one day a week. As I’m sure you’ll agree this is not going to give children nightmares. In fact,
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