We are looking at how the factual content changes in cultural tales, fairy tales, myths, from the oldest we can find, to the newer ones.
Here is our process:
1. Find the oldest "original". Refresh your recollection.
2. Then check yours against our old Grimm's -- "Grimm's Fairy Tales," translated by Mrs. Edgar Lucas, illustrations (breathtaking, but some are gone) by Arthur Rackham, Doubleday & Page NY 1909. This, we understand, is out of copyright, so we reproduce some of the illustrations.
3. See the differences. Ask:
- why is so much violence is edited out, only to return to us and our kids in other ways - slasher flicks, video games blam blam,
- "entertainment" films of animal attacking animal, gore abounding.
- Do we need a constant of violence somehow, so that no matter what we keep out and give to Disney, comes back at us in other ways? Say not so. But do enjoy the stories.
- Symbolism, especially in the Grimm Tales, and other fairy and religious tales, particularly the themes of coming to maturity, see ://www.onlinehumanities.com/myths.html; and the proper roles for people to take in a culture.
- Themes of cultural myths and how they seem to affect the unconscious (do a search, see if you agree) and help guide us as adults. See the onlinehumanities site. See also ://www.folkstory.com/articles/onceupon.html. If the tales as written are significant psychologically in helping a child develop whatever, then what do we do by watering them down? Are we depriving or children of this step in learning to manage adversity.