Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fairy Tales

I read an article (for lack of a better word) tonight titled "Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C.S. Lewis's Response." Holy moley, I loved it!!!! I know a man who refuses to let his little girl be called "princess" or to let her watch movies about princes who ride in on their white steed to rescue her because he thinks it's not okay to set her up for failure. I wish said gentleman would read this article.

You must check it out- I won't recap the entire thing. That's what posting the link is for:

But I will leave you to smile with this quote from my favorite part of the link.
(Point #3: Fairy Tales will frighten children) But in making this objection, some mean that “we must try to keep out of [the child’s] mind the knowledge that he is born into a world of death, violence, wounds, adventure, heroism and cowardice, good and evil.” But we are born into a world like that, and hiding it from children actually handicaps them. “Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. . . Let there be wicked kings and beheadings, battles and dungeons, giants and dragons, and let villains be soundly killed at the end of the book” (39-40).

Yes, let them. Roman, my dear, you can be a brave knight and slay the dragon any day...some day, you may need to slay a figurative dragon much bigger than Disney can give you.

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