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Fairy tales were imported from France to Britain at the beginning of the eighteenth century Literary folk-tales were fashionable among the aristocracy of Louis XIV During this period Charles Perrault published the collection of fairy tales which was also popular under the title Tales of Olden Times or Mother Goose TalesContes du temps pass ou Contes de ma mre lOye in 1697 The controversial issue of whether fairy tales are childrens literature existed since they appeared in print and there is no concrete evidence to support assertions that fairy tales are just for children The present essay is going to investigate the adult themes in Perraults fairy tales Four stories selected from his fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood Sleeping Beauty Blue Beard and Cinderella will be analysed in this essay Overall the essay will focus on teasing out the hidden adult themes in the texts Charles Perrault was born in a cultured middle-class family which provides Louis XIV with his most valuable servants of State His tales were virtually written for the aristocrats of the court in France though a lot of people wrongly regarded them as a collection of popular oral stories Perraults tales with morals appended to each are distinct from the ones we are familiar with and instead of supporting the external plots of the story some of the morals virtually overthrow the superficial meaning we may get from the stories It is necessary to analyse the tales with the concerns of who is the real audience for this book and the courtly world of seventeenth-century FranceLittle red riding hood was first written and published by Perrault tells a story of a young girl who is deceived by a wolf on her way to grandmothers house and eaten by him in the end The tales brevity makes it seem like a simple didactic story to children for warning them to be aware of the strangers nevertheless if we focus on the
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