Fairy Tale Good Vs. Evil

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Comparative Essay Good versus Evil In most known fairy tales, the theme of good and evil is usually there. This essay will compare Rapunzel to Sweetheart Roland and give the reason as to why the theme good and evil even exists. In order to show why good and evil exists in most known fairy tales, this essay will have to deal with what good and evil is. It will proceed to discuss small details of the fairy tales that involve characters and symbols.

?Learn what you are and be such." ? Pindar According to The Oxford Paperback Dictionary, the word ?good? is to be ?morally excellent and virtuous?. Goodness can represent itself in not only the characters, but also the events themselves. In each of the two fairy tales in this comparison, goodness comes to the virtuous characters when they have successfully won over the villain in each story. Rapunzel healed her lover?s eyesight with two tears and Roland is reunited with his real lover again.

"Great and small suffer the same mishaps." ? Blaise Pascal The Oxford Paperback Dictionary also describes the word ?evil? to be ?disagreeable and unpleasant?. Evil asserts itself throughout the fairy tales. As did ?good?, ?evil? does not affect only the characters themselves, but all the events around them. In Rapunzel, the sorceress took Rapunzel away from her parents because of a deal her father struck with the sorceress or in Sweetheart Roland, the witch wanted to kill her stepdaughter. In each of these events, evil is represented in its rawest form.

"We only really face up to ourselves when we are afraid." ? Thomas Bernhard In order for there to be a hero in any story, there must be a villain. This will automatically make this type of story a battle between good...