Sunday, November 25, 2012
Mythology and Fairy Tales.
Mythology and fairy tales, like our own lives, were born out of conflict. The stories confront the injustices and contradictions of so-called real worlds. As such, their function was–and, is still is–to engender solidarity and hope among disenfranchised classes, and spread awareness of social inequality. In the tales, peasant women want to marry princes and peasant men want straw to be spun into gold ability to financial prosperity. Evil kings and queens (and step-parents) are punished and the proletariat triumph. “The magic of the tales,” we learn, “can be equated to the wish-fulfillment and utopian projections of the people.As an oral form, fairy tales have been around for millennia; it wasn’t until the 17th century that they were written down for the first time, recently, they’ve been commercialized into TV and films and, with each new incarnation, the fairy tale’s ability to depict social struggles has diminished. Confusing the real world with the cosmic one, the movement sees itself many times as self-righteous and blessed in every occasion, and surrounded with miracles. In “Beauty and the Beast” that shows persuasively how the folk tale was subverted. Rooted in ancient fertility ceremonies wherein virgins were sacrificed to please dragon gods who were trusted to then help the community a depiction of Stockholm syndrome, she eventually grew to love the beast. Faith in the Gods and dragons and other superstitions attract millions of foreign influences, living entities and powerful agents... proceeding from erroneous and sincere beliefs of gods and prophets that bigoted religions and sects worship. It’s never, of course, a good thing to let the masses become too hopeful. Inevitably they will start wanting things. The clergy and aristocracy appropriated fairy tales, thereby squelching folklore’s revolutionary soul. The various media have redacted, airbrushed, and photo shopped much of this content away. –Zipes-