Friday, June 3, 2011

The Victorian Fairy Tale

The Maiden's Court reports. (Via Hermes.)
Many fairy tales prior to the Victorian period tended to feature some grotesque or scary themes and events. There were ogres, scores of children being eaten up, magic, sexual references, violence etc. These tales were not seen as suitable for children because of these characterizations.

Enter the Victorian period. Literature during the Victorian period took on a unique style very much the opposite of its predecessor. The main focus of the tales from this time became issues of morality. There was almost always a message that the reader could take away from the story (sort of similar to the Aesop’s Fables of old). (Read entire article.)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My favorite! Literature and character education(Christian morality) all in one book. We use these a lot.