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Saturday, April 03, 2004
You don't need to be a Jungian scholar to know that fairy tales are far more than just the 'Gameboys' of the past...in fact, they contain archetypal symbolism and potent constructions of reality meant to be passed on to the next generation... In this politically correct era, of course, we bowdlerize them. We shield our children from the collective wisdom of the race about evil, and then send them off into a world where predators of every description,con artists and suicide bombers reign. Far better to be honest: ...'yes, dear, there really IS a Big Bad Wolf..'
Let's start out with a 'family friendly' site, but well done, nonetheless..
One of the early repositories of fairy tales (broadly defined) is the 'Arabian Nights'. Sir Richard Burton is so closely connected with these tales in the English speaking world, and there are so many online versions of the tales to choose from, that I recommend you go here and make your own choice..
The Italian Giambattista Basile penned "Lo Cunto de li Cunti". For some strange reason, it is usually called Il Pentamerone in the English speaking world..:)
Charles Perrault wrote the great French work 'Ma Mere l'Oye" (Mother Goose). This version is in English, but includes the splendid and disturbing original illustrations by Gustave Dore . This French version is a facsimile of a book from the Librairie Hachette, with milder but quite beautiful illustrations by Felix Lorioux..
Hans Christian Anderson - this site covers him in depth..
Hauff's Fairy Tales
Jacob's Celtic tales
Bilingual Grimm Brothers
..and here's a few individual tales, treated variously..
The Shoemaker and the Elves - kiddie site , well constructed..
The Pied Piper of Hamelin , etext
Little Red Riding Hood - many versions compared..
Tom Tit Tot - analysis by Edward Clodd
Sleeping Beauty - and varied analysis here..
Puss in Boots - another page scan, great illustrations..
And finally, if you haven't had enough, go to this great fairy tale site..
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.