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The Uses of Enchantment

This reading was the most intriguing thus far! I had never thought about fairytales as being a better representation of a child's reality than reality itself. It is much easier to explain to a child the reason for a rule or a specific moral in a form they can understand, which is embodied in the fairytale form. I also never considered that in fact many fairytales were written as advice for adults more so than children's entertainment, adults can much more easily dissect the message about life and warnings about certain behavior than children can. It is amazing to think that the same sort of stories have been developed over thousands of years to communicate the morals of a culture or society, and that fairytales most likely evolved from myth. 


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