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SOCIAL CONTEXT OF FAIRY TALES - Fairy tales arise from specific social and cultural conditions and are thus shaped by them - Fairy tales usually reinforce the dominant social ideas and attitudes of that specific time - Hence the ideas that are still socially acceptable remain in the fairy tale throughout the ages and others are altered over time - In other words the changing nature of fairy tales has its roots in social and cultural forces They are not simply due to the opinions and approaches of different storytellers OLDER VERSIONS OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD - Often extremely violent for example inclusion of bottles of blood and human flesh - Little Red Riding Hood always portrayed as innocent and obedient - Often very moralistic and aimed at getting children to obey their parents respect their elders etc ie teaching children social norms - Reliance on male saviour to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother ie patriarchal dominance of society at that time MODERN VERSIONS OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD - Less moralistic but still reflective of the social limitations of this period in time - Often aimed at conveying and underscoring contemporary attitudes relating to child assertiveness and protection to both children and parents - More pressure on the story to be told in a politically correct manner Excessive violence and female inferiority and weakness is minimised HOW THE FILM EVER AFTER RELATES TO CINDERELLA THE FAIRY TALE GENRE Similarities - Young woman loses father - Is forced to work as a servant for mean stepmother - Eventually wins the heart of the prince overcomes hardship to become the queen - Glass slipper ball etc Changes - Once stepsister good the other mean - Prince and Cinderella meet several times before the ball - No pumpkin carriage no Fairy Godmother a reflection of modern values Adaptations - Contextualisation ie inclusion of post-modern elements of Brothers
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