Sleeping Beauty: The Meaning of Fate, Sleep, and Death

Throughout every version of 'Sleeping Beauty,' the presence of fate remains constant. Few other fairy tale heroines have their lives so dictated, or spend the majority of their story rendered so helpless. Although the circumstances surrounding her fate differ, Sleeping Beauty is always destined to fall asleep. But that's not the only thing her future holds, and the... Continue Reading →

Snow White: The Other Sleeping Beauty

'Sleeping Beauty' is not the only fairy tale heroine to experience an enchanted slumber. Snow White suffers the same fate, albeit under different circumstances. Looking at the themes of these two stories, it's interesting to note the similarities and differences surrounding sexuality and feminism, as well as the variations in their narratives. Like with many fairy tales,... Continue Reading →

The Underlying Sexual Content of Sleeping Beauty

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 →

The History of Sleeping Beauty

'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 →

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