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For generations children have delighted in the enchanted world of fairytales - the timeless kingdom of giants and dwarfs princes andprincesses fairies and witches Fairy tales seem to be a favoriteintimate indispensable companion of children Why can they remain sopopular among children for hundreds of years without being forgotten andlost Fairy tales have a unique importance and impact on childrensdevelopment They have significant effects on children as well asadults who are the main source of fairy tales for children As adultsare current members of the society and children are its futurearchitects fairy tales exert an influence on society as well Theeffect of classic fairy tales on readers and society can be explored bystudying their styles characters and themesFirstly the effect of classic fairy tales on readers and society can beexplored by studying their styles One peculiar feature of their stylesis their inevitable happy endings in which good is rewarded and evil ispunished For example in the well-known fairy tale Snow White SnowWhite comes back to life again and marries her handsome prince whileher wicked stepmother the Queen dies In Little Red Riding Hoodboth Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother who have been devouredby a cunning wolf are rescued by a huntsman while the wolf is killedThese happy endings are a source of light they compensate for thesad anxious and painful feelings of readers as well as createconfidence and hope for them Apart from this many people have theirown wishes and dreams for instance a girl hopes that she can marry TomCruise a street vendor wishes to be a second Bill Gates In realitythese wishes and dreams are rarely fulfilled Nevertheless the happyendings of fairy tales serve as a substitute of the wishes and dreams ofreaders In other words they satisfy readers spiritual wantsAnother characteristic of fairy tale style is the popular classicopening words Once upon a time For example the first sentence ofLittle Red Riding Hood is Once upon a time there
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