Fairytales play a key role in our upbringing - they teach us valuable lessons. That was the original purpose of folk tales, to serve as a warning and to teach people about the world around them.
Take Little Red Riding Hood for example - this story teaches us that when we travel through the world, we have to be careful who we trust because not everyone is who they seem to be.
The Princess and the Frog shows us that it is important not to judge people on how they look and Cinderella shows us that it is important to be kind and good things will happen.
I believe that the fairytales which stay with us, are the ones that we can relate to the most.
By reading them to children, as well as being entertaining and a sense of escape, they teach children how to empathize with characters and how to look beyond what they can see.
They are some of the first stories we hear and they stay with us throughout our lives. Fairytales are as important now as they were when they would be told around the fire hundreds of years ago and the lessons are universal. Plus, Disney would be broke without them!
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”