For generations, children have engrossed themselves in the enchanted world of Fairy Tales. Kids have imagined their journeys through kingdoms where fairy godmothers, witches, and talking animals roam. Fairy Tales seem to be an indispensable part of growing up for almost every young child. Some Fairy Tales have remained popular among children for hundreds of years without being forgotten. Fairy Tales greatly impact children's development, both how they act as kids, and how they turn out later in life. Fairy Tales, as with most aspects of pop culture, greatly affect the way people think and act.
Fairy Tales have been told for many different reasons. Jack Zipes, a professor of German and one of the leading folklorists in the world, says that, "It has been assumed that Fairy Tales were first created for children and are largely the domain of children. Nothing could be farther from the truth" (1).
Most Fairy Tales were written with adults in mind, and later adopted for children. Many tales involve imaginary characters and situations make them appealing to children, although the violence and adult themes are still part of the story when read to children. Zipes once said,
From the Beginning, thousands of years ago, when tales were told to create communal bonds in the face of inexplicable forces of nature, to the present, when Fairy Tales are written and told to provide hope in a world seemingly on the brink of catastrophe, mature men and women have been the creators and cultivators of the Fairy-tale tradition.
Adults, who cannot accurately tell what affect their writing will have, create these children's stories. Percy B. Green, author of a book on the History of Nursery Rhymes, says that, "Amongst the true historians of mankind the children of our streets find a place" (xvi). The...