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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Themes

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Fairy Tales

Fairy tales can typically be defined as a story that contains fantastic elements, as well as a lesson or moral. There is a distinct difference between fairy tales and fables although many cultures lump them all together. This is unfortunate, because the structure is quite different. In a fairy tale there is typically an underdog who faces a difficult situation. Through strength, fortitude and perhaps the intervention of a benevolent force, the hero prevails and the characters live happily ever after. The theme contained in fairy tales tends to be somewhat subtle. It still manages to get the point across to the listener. For example, a child may be fascinated by the witch in "Hansel and Gretel," yet is subconsciously learning the value of cooperating with one's siblings.

Fables on the other hand do not necessarily have happy endings. In fact many of them tend to end...

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