INESSA KALABEKOVA

Fairytale. My thoughts on this matter are still raw

In the early 17th century, Charles Perrault emerged as one of the first chroniclers of these captivating tales. His collection, “Mother Goose” stories, featured classics like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Little Red Riding Hood, totaling eight enchanting fairy tales. Originally penned for adults in salons, these stories were far from mere children’s bedtime tales. Perrault’s work added a unique twist, interpreting Giambattista Basile’s earlier, eerier fairy-tale plots from a century before.Giambattista Basile’s tales were characterized by their eerie and graphic nature, hardly suitable for children.The Brothers Grimm, German folklore collectors of the 18th century, contributed their own interpretations of folk stories, initially not intended for young readers.

So, why were these fairy tales told?

In my perspective, they served multiple purposes: sheer enjoyment, education, and reflections of the cultural and societal values of their times. Fairy tales, whether through Perrault’s salon tales, Basile’s dark narratives, or the Grimms’ folklore collection, have always been a versatile and enduring form of storytelling. They’ve provided entertainment, moral lessons, and glimpses into the human condition, enriching our literary heritage.  

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