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Most people today view fairy tales as stories to tell our children but in the early days this was not the case In the 17th century fairy tales were considered offensive to women because of their details of death and sexual encounters Many people however believed these details were the reasons that made them so intriguing These stories were usually not written down so the only way people heard about them was to hear them verbally from various storytellers Since the storytellers always changed the story somewhat and often created their own versions many of the original tales were lost This remained a problem until two brothers came along Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm These two men translated the exaggerated stories into a more common language that the less educated man could understand The two men also took the stories wrote them down and published them so that centuries later people could still read the tales and get a meaningful understanding from them Meanwhile in ancient Greek times the people had to face many forces of nature In their effort to understand this nature they invented stories to account for the things that went on in their lives These tales known as myths were spread around by travelers and faced the same problems as fairy tales did in the 17th century Likewise these myths were eventually published by numerous authors to be spread throughout the land faster and easier One of the authors that helped in this process was Edith Hamilton who wrote a book called Mythology Even though fairy tales and Myths can be two totally different ways to tell stories they are related through similar elements Even though Cupid and Psyche and Cinderella are two very different stories similar elements can be found in both tales In the story of Cinderella the mother gives Cinderella and impossible task to do if she wants to go to the ball There go away into the kitchen
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