Sleeping Beauty is always destined to fall asleep. But that's not all her future holds, and the line between death and sleep is not always apparent.
When I was a child, this was one of my favourite films. It left me convinced that when I grew up, I was going to dance around a forest and meet my one true love. Didn't happen exactly like that, but still, a girl can dream! WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS! Disney's version of 'Sleeping Beauty' was... Continue Reading →
Beneath their plots, most fairy tales have hidden implications. Each event is symbolic of something, and can have many interpretations depending on the number of variations the story has. Angela Carter referred to these hidden implications at 'latent content.' When she was writing her own collection of fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber, she specified: 'My... Continue Reading →
'Sleeping Beauty' is one of the most widely-known fairy tales. However, the currently recognisable version has evolved from older stories. There are four tales often referenced in the history of 'Sleeping Beauty,' and studying these provides some insight into the themes the story deals with. Like Chinese Whispers, fairy tales become slightly different each time... Continue Reading →
Most people are told 'Little Red Riding Hood' as children. It's one of the classic tales that contains has a clear social agenda: Obey your parents, and don't talk to strangers. In most versions there is also a woodcutter or huntsman who comes to rescue Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the wolf, reassuring children... Continue Reading →