Violence and the Child’s Imagination

from Hansel and Gretel play

How to explain the violent nature of most fairy tales? (here’s a fun list)

  • A means to familiarize children to horrors of life, easing future suffering
  • With happily-ever-after endings, the assertion of a moral universe
  • A means to control children by harnessing fear
  • An appeal to the inherent cruelty of kids

(photo from Hansel and Gretel play)

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