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Fairy Tales were composed to express eternal joys sorrows hopes and dreams of human kind Although these folk tales may be aimed at children but they surely reflect the values assumptions and concerns of our cultural traditions They always portrayed one moral that obedience good manners beauty and hard work always lead to rewards while opposing characteristics are consistently punished The two tales Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel are revolving around a female center character Both characters seem to be different in some ways and yet very alike Many females usually portrayed as the main character in fairy tales are faced with tasks of demonstrating their domestic competence Cinderella is described as a very understanding and tolerant female She is burdened with her inordinate amount of what is deemed domestic challenges put forth by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters She is shown as a person who strongly believes in fate She does nothing to protest against any of the injustice happening with her She had left everything to the fate being patient and forgiving She was going along with the flow of life In the end it was her good luck that instantaneously changed her life and paid off for the good behavior she had maintained through out Gretel on the other hand has been portrayed as a very intelligent girl She brings her own solutions to her problems and solves them She appears as a very confident character unlike Cinderella She is quick enough to make appropriate decision when the situation asks for it Not only do these fairy tales show conflict between good and evil but also they all dwell on the beauty of the main character Almost all of the fairy tales reinforce to some degree the association between beauty and goodness This may possibly lead people to believe that a supernatural realm exists to award those characters with positive characteristics such as beauty patience kindness obedience or perhaps
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