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  • Paperback
  • 394 pages
  • The Classic Fairy Tales
  • Maria Tatar
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 9780393972771

10 thoughts on “The Classic Fairy Tales

  1. says:

    I was astonished by how gory the better stories were, and then by how bloodthirsty my children were as readers The criticism and the selections themselves were great, but seeing kids put down the Ipod to read The Juniper Tree out loud to each other again and again is proof of the necessity of these archetypal tales, especially now.


  2. says:

    Interesting to learn the various versions and history of fairy talesa far cry from disney This book inspired the following poem based on The Little Match Girl It is dark, but such is the way with fairy tales I have learned The Littlest Match Girl By Shannon IngramThe vague memory of my older sisterstill haunts my souland how she froze to deathon New Year s daywhen others drank champagne and sangsome song about old acquaintances forgotten.A failed peddler of matches,an empty belly,bare feet encased in iceburned matches in her limp, small fingersafraid to come hometo face our father s hand.I know her struggle all too wellit was mine too only with a different ending.I don t know why I was the one who survivedthe hand of fatedealt ever so slightlyskewed.Maybe there are no reasonsno such fateonly luck good or badand happenstancerandom events,the concept of fateonly a barrierbetween us and the truth That there are no reasonsfor why such things happento little girlsor anyone.A concept too heavy to carry for mostand so,we tell ourselves stories of fateand destinyand life after deathso we can believethat when we kneel beside their gravesa piece of them survivedsomewherelike a soulmaybe.Ignorance is bliss,or so they saysomething like that.


  3. says:

    Yes, I needed to read this one for school, but it was so interesting that I thought I d tell you all a little about my thoughts on it The Classic Fairy Tales is about as bland of a title as you can get when it comes to this collection Edited and selected by Maria Tartar, most of the book contains fairy tales while about a fourth of it is articles and criticism concerning fairy tales both modern and ancient.The fairy tales are all separated into different sections in the book so that the reader can compare several versions of one story for instance, five different ways of telling Little Red Riding Hood all at once There may be what is considered the original tale, the first written down, and then several others recorded from oral tradition, as well as modern takes on the old story I liked comparing how the traditional stories we all know and love differ from violent, older stories They re completely different from modern interpretations as well, which tend to be feminist, less concerned with eradicating eroticism, and sometimes seem to turn the fairy tale completely upside down for the fun of it While the criticism tends to get a little dull and may begin to blame Disney for overtaking the fairy tale market the collection does make some interesting points that I think any fan of traditional or modern tales will enjoy I know that I m not the only one out there who s a sucker for any great fairy tale retelling to hit the market these days and this book explains some of the fascination humanity seems to have lingering over the idea of these tales Pick this up and read it for yourself, then discuss with me because I want to hear what you think of the different versions of stories, which may be the true original, and which may be your favorite


  4. says:

    Tatar s book, along with Jack Zipes anthology, represent the cream of the collective crop with regards to fairytale studies This book is denser than Zipes and also has material, but I found Zipes writing style easier to read over the long haul As someone who wasn t terribly interested in folklore, it can get a bit banal at times This version, so than Zipes , is loaded with gore As many people know, most of the Disneyesque fairy tales we grew up with were actually riddled with drug usage, murder and rape This book does a good job of keeping things transparent while also carefully helping the reader out with period linguistics and complicated terms.


  5. says:

    I enjoyed this edition of Classic Fairy Tales One s perspective expands when the different versions of the various tales are placed side by side for examination It is also interesting to analyze and understand the history, folklore, and situations behind each tale.


  6. says:

    A great collection of some of the most common fairy tale types, each presented with several variations A good intro to the rather diverse world of fairy tales, and includes a number of short but mostly interesting essays as well.


  7. says:

    I wrote an essay based on what I truly learned from this fascinating book A Rite of Passage To Eat or To Be Eaten The primary subject of the two fairy tales Hansel and Gretel and the Little Thumbing are to narrate the rite of passage from a powerless childhood to the resourceful young adulthood Two woodcutter families decide to get rid of their children during the famine and by doing so put their children in a dire position of to eat or to be eaten Centuries ago, long before industrial revolution, the spinning old ladies were the traditional narrators of the fairy tales that recorded the brutal life of peasantry Those authentic visual historians of the past were not only one of the main sources of domestic entertainment but also the ones that hold the mirror of reality and reflect the hopes and horrors of those dark ages The characters of their tales were wishful survivors of wars, diseases and famines, who were able to surpass obstacles and come out alive and rich by punishing their enemies Both stories of Hansel and Gretel and Little Thumbing have a similar opening The poor peasant families of the wood cutters are on the verge of losing everything and feel that the up coming famine would evidently consume the last resources that they have Therefore, the parents who obviously see their children in the normal circumstances as a natural resources Because of famine the aspects of receiving the benefits from them in the future is unknown, they realize that they can no longer afford to feed the children and decide to abandon them.In Brothers Grimm s Hansel and Gretel, father anxiously asks his wife What will become of us How we can provide for our poor children when we don t have enough for ourselves The Classic Fairy Tales, P 184 In that fairy tale it is the children s mother who pushes the doubtful father to get rid of the kids because the situation is so bad that Then all four of us starve to death The Classic Fairy Tales, P 184 The Little Thumbing has a slightly different circumstance the woodcutter s family in that fairy tale is in a dire position there are seven young kids who are completely helpless and the youngest one, the Little Thumbing is sick and has a hard time coping in life even before the famine The same question worries Little Tumbling s father in Charles Perrault collection when he expresses his frustration to his wife with heavy heart I refuse to watch them die of hunger before my very eyes The Classic Fairy Tales, P 200 In Perrault s version of the fairy tale Little Thumbing, it is the mother in the family who resists the temptation but her husband insists that they should get rid of the children if they want to live through the famine Finally the mother unwillingly accepts the horrible decision of abandoning their children too Both stories show no sign of rivalry in the siblings of the two families It seems that the un claimed massage of both stories is to create an ultimate test for the deserted children The tragic option that the parents take allows the children to enter into an initiation call and let them step into a rite of passage which in the end will turn them into independent adults if they can manage to survive The ritual aspects of the hurdle binds the children together as members of one generation, who encounter the horrific attempts of the generation before as a test for the transitional step to adulthood They must overcome those obstacles independently so they can come back together alive and resourceful and become the adults who not only will take care of themselves but of their parents too The harsher the life is, the tougher the test that the kids must undertake, and it seems that the children of the two fairy tales who are already living below the poverty line have no choice but head towards the unknown territories which would give them two basic options to eat or to be eaten.Bread seems to be the basic form of nourishment available for the two families It is interesting to see that the mothers are the source of the food in both stories As long as the kids are within the families up to the middle of the stories they are eating the bread as the only homey food It is only when the children separate from their parents that different foods make their way into the forefront of children s consumption It is interesting to see that when the story develops, even the children themselves become part of various ways of food consumption In Hansel and Gretel, the witch s edible house and her fantastic welcome food are a dream that comes true for the hungry kids She serves them wonderful meal of milk and pancakes with sugar, apples and nuts P 187 The seven hopeless brothers in Little Thumbing however express a different reaction they would rather be eaten by the Ogre as the youngest one, Little Thumbing suggests to Ogre s wife that What shall we do If you don t take us in, the wolves in the forest will surely devour us this very night 203 The Little Thumbing and his brothers have a chance to see plenty of different food in Ogre s home 203 and even receive offer for consuming those food but lose their appetite after finding out that they are the next meal One can see that both the witch in Hansel and Gretel and the Ogre in the Little Thumbing have plenty of food but they still fancy the tender flesh of the poor kids The Ogre wants his wife to cook the children with a tasty sauce 203 and the witch imagines that They will make a tasty morsel 188 The cannibalistic desires of strange adults can be speculated in a way that eating the children who are subjected to ultimate poverty and have no parental care is in fact a fearful projection of behavior conducted by cold hearted parents The witch in Hansel and Gretel indeed is an unconscious reflection of kid s mother who insists in abandoning her children It becomes clear that when the children are able to kill the cannibalistic witch and return home safely, their mother is no longer alive The same can be said for the father in the Little Tumbling, he is the one who kicks his children out of the house, therefore the woodcutter who outcast his kids, in the story morphs to Ogre, and like Little Tumbling s father has seven children That is why there is a parallel destiny for their father who discards them and Ogre who by fatal mistake kills his seven kids The other similar aspect that the children of both fairy tales share is their ability to outsmart their opponents At their parent s first attempt to get rid of them, they are able to return through marking their passageways After losing their parents for the second time, when they are forced to find their own way, they are able to use their intelligent capacities and outwit the strangers who have the intention of eating them In Hansel and Gretel s story, Hansel keeps substituting a little bone for his finger so he will not be fat enough to be eaten by the witch and his sister tricks the witch and pushes her into the oven In the Little Thumbing, the youngest and the smartest brother confuses the Ogre who attempts to kill them during the night and saves his brothers lives by changing their hats to the Ogre s daughter s crown The young characters of both fairy tales learn a real life lesson through independent acts they complete their rite of passage by cooperation with each other The peasants children not only kill the powerful cannibal opponents but also go back home rich and secure, they find a way to eat rather than to be eaten.Maria Tatar in her introduction to Hansel and Gretel s chapter in her book, The Classic Fairy Tales emphasizes on an important point that The peasants of folktales may have to worry about famine, but children in fairy tales live perpetually under the double threats of starvation and cannibalism P 179 Those fairy tales while reflecting and elaborating the double threats, they are also celebrating the rite of passage from childhood to adulthood through a traumatic test The children learn to wean themselves from the limited resource inside the family and become young adults who are able to generate a new source of food BIBILIOGRAPHY 1 Hallett Martin Editor , Karasek Barbara Editor , The Child As A Hero, Folk and Fairy Tales, 2 Weber, Eugen Fairies and Hard Facts The Reality of Folktales Journal of the History of Ideas 42.1 1981 93 113 JSTOR 17 Oct 2005 3 Tatar Maria Editor , The Classic Fairy Tales, Norton and Company, First Edition, 1999, London.


  8. says:

    Many great fairy tales to read and I love how the stories were categorized Here are the fairy tales I read for my personal compilation too many characters for private notes Introduction xi xxvi The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich Germany 55 58 The Dog Bride India 82 83 Beauty and the Beast France told by JeanMarie Leprince de Beaumont 39 49 The Tiger s Bride by Angela Carter 58 67 Jack and the Beanstalk England retold by Jospeh Jacobs 272 277 Momotaro, or the Peach Boy Japan told by Yei Theodora Ozaki 270 272 Sleeping Beauty in the Wood France retold by Charles Perrault 123 130 The Juniper Tree Germany retold by the Brothers Grimm 245 251 Hansel and Gretel Germany retold by the Brothers Grimm 236 241 The Young Slave Italy retold by Giambattista Basile pages 92 95 Brothers Grimm Snow White Germany pages 95 101 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 102 105 The Story of Grandmother France 14 15 Little Red Cap Germany retold by the Brothers Grimm 18 21 The Tale of the Tiger Woman China 26 28 Tselane and the Marimo South Africa 28 29 Mr Fox England retold by the Joseph Jacobs 199 201 Bluebeard France retold by Charles Perrault 188 193 The Little Mermaid Denmark 283 300 The Little Match Girl Denmark 301 303 The Red Shoes Denmark 309 314 Cinderella or Ashenputtel Germany 148 153 The Three Gowns Latin America 162 166 The Story of the Black Cow India Himalayas 169 171 Yeh hsien China 146 148 Donkeyskin France 154 162 Vasilisa the Fair Russia retold by Alexander Afanasev 263 269 Breaking the Disney Spell by Jack Zipes 414 435 Neil Gaiman Instructions pages 3 4


  9. says:

    This is an excellent text for learning teaching about fairy tales and their many variants across time periods and cultures I particularly enjoyed the way this text was laid out, as it provided multiple versions of each classic tale some of these are very current, as modern authors such as Gaiman and Atwood are also included There s also a good deal of literary criticism at the end of the book, but I do wish there were essays specific to the tales therein This text makes a great accompaniment to The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, edited by Jack Zipes.


  10. says:

    I read the Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast sections as well as a selection of the criticisms of my first year english course and I loved every second of it.


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The Classic Fairy Talescharacters The Classic Fairy Tales, audiobook The Classic Fairy Tales, files book The Classic Fairy Tales, today The Classic Fairy Tales, The Classic Fairy Tales 4e342 This Norton Critical Edition Collects Forty Four Fairy Tales, From The Fifth Century To The Present The Classic Fairy Tales Focuses On Six Tale Types Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty And The Beast, Snow White, Cinderella, Bluebeard, And Hansel And Gretel, And Presents Multicultural Variants And Sophisticated Literary Rescriptings Also Reprinted Are Tales By Hans Christian Andersen And Oscar Wilde Criticism Gathers Twelve Essays That Interpret Aspects Of Fairy Tales, Including Their Social Origins, Historical Evolution, Psychological Drama, Gender Issues, And National IdentitiesA Selected Bibliography Is Included


About the Author: Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar is the John L Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University She is the author of Enchanted Hunters The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated