Updated: Mar 3, 2018
Once upon a time....
We all know and love the fairytales from our childhood, from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty.
The simplicity of the storytelling offering an escape from reality for a short period of time.
So we need to understand the Wicked Stepmother's motive for being wicked? No, we enjoy the tale regardless of not having all the facts.
As a society, we have stepped away from the concept that a female needs a dashing prince to rescue or marry her in order to find her happily ever after, but that doesn't mean we don't still need fairy tales to believe in.
Fairy tales were used over the years to explain to children the harsh reality of the world. To delve into the dark recesses of the human mind. Can you remember being frightened and hiding under your covers as a young child so the witch in Hansel and Gretel wouldn't come and find you? Maybe it was the wolf with the big teeth in Little Red Riding Hood that slipped into your nightmares.
The stories weaved into our imaginations though didn't just show us the darkness, but told tales of heroic deeds, and wonder. This tradition is something that carries through today, and can be found with the retelling of old fairy tales and new.