This recently occurred on Facebook:
I really thought that Melody had a good point. Morals often are derived unconsciously from the world around us. If you think about the instances that she cited there really is a conflict often revolving around the flaw of our heroes. Pinocchio tells lies and gets a long nose. Yet he is forgiven by the Good Fairy and ultimately rewarded with real life when the spirit of truth and courage overcomes his flaws. Snow White lived in a house with seven dwarves and she was still discovered and was killed and yet a prince came to rescue her from the clutches of death. Although fairy tales may put character flaws in a spotlight, the morals are also quite visible with them. In GS401 my class has been reading Ravi Zacharias’s Can Man Live Without God which makes some excellent points:
“In Beauty and the Beast, the moral is that you have to love something before it is loveable; in Cinderella, it is the exaltation of the humble and the rescue of the oppressed; in Sleeping Beauty, it is that one can be blessed with all that life offers yet still be cursed with the reality of death, and that death itself can be softened to the effects of a sleep, ultimately vanquished by truth. All this enchantment – all this wonder – occasions a moral lesson”
-Zacharias p. 78
The author continues to explain that children are drawn to fairy tales not only for this moral principle but also because there is a “specific and unalterable condition” which provides the structural backbone without negotiation. Finally they appeal to the wonder of children because they do not question the conditions. That is not to say they don’t disobey rules (Jasmine in Aladdin comes to mind). But instead of questioning the magic the figures work with it.