Fairytales are magical stories that are passed down generation to generation. They are timeless, they have an action-driven plot, and they consist of social rankings and elements of fantasy.
The Brothers Grimm first created fairytales during the Depression to give people hope and to help them cope with sadness. These original fairytales, however, were too real; they were very depressing as they related to the time period.
Fairytales are accepted worldwide and will always have a special place in the hearts of those who are familiar with them. The idea of instant gratification in these stories calls out to the “id” of our consciousness. The “id” relies solely on instant gratification; it wants what it wants, and all of the unconscious desires that come along with instantaneous gratification. All fairytales have the basic fundamentals: magic, wonder, conflict, and happy endings. All humans want a happy ending, all humans want their desires to be fulfilled, and all humans experience conflict.
Fairytales have, however, changed over the years; they have been altered with the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm added Christian motfis, removed sex and violence, and removed some of the harsh lessons that came with the stories. The alterations were due to the fact that the fairytales were directed toward children who grew up learning Christian morals. The fairytales weren’t intended to corrupt them, but to entertain and to teach lessons.
Fairytales are used to escape; they give readers a fantasy in which they can explore and leave behind reality if only for a little while. These universal stories will live in all of us until the end.