Y is for...Youth Vs. Age!

Today my post is about Youth vs. Age in fairy tales. There aren't a whole lot of fairy tales that have this concept in them, but one of the main ones does! A lot of fairy tales do involve mainly young characters, though.
Taken from here
Taken from here
The whole plot of Snow White revolves around the stepmother and her vanity. The magic mirror says that Snow White is the fairest of them all, so the stepmother tries to have her killed, all because she is jealous of Snow White's youth and beauty. This is a terrible reason to try and have someone killed, especially because the mirror actually says that the stepmother is the second fairest of them all. That would certainly be good enough for me! Youth wins out in this fairy tale (as it does in most) when Snow White is revived by her Prince Charming, and Age is beaten by a pair of red hot iron shoes.

There's also a Youth vs. Age concept in Hansel and Gretel. The two children first come up against their stepmother, who abandons them because she'd rather they starve than herself. They then come across a Witch, described as an elderly woman, who then tries to eat them, but Gretel manages to push her into the oven. When Hansel and Gretel eventually find their way home, they find that their stepmother has mysteriously died, so they live happily ever after, again showing that youth wins over age in fairy tales.
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Only one more A to Z post to go! I can't believe it's gone so quickly, but I'll be glad to have some time for myself again!

Comments

  1. Indeed youth always wins - imagine how weird it would be if there was a fairytale where youth didn't win!

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    1. That would be weird! But like with stepmothers, it makes people believe that older people are the bad guys, particularly old women (perhaps with a wart on their nose?) :)

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  2. Youth and beauty always win in fairy tales. Really, it's something to think about. What does that say about the world?

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    1. It tell us that Youth and Beauty are everything, when they really aren't!

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  3. That is very true, which is not entirely fair on the elderly nowdays, since many "youths" are rotten little sods, while elderly people are the good ones! They need to do a fairytale that is back to front!

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    1. They do! It's not fair on the elderly, although I have encountered some rude elderly people, so I think there is good and bad to both sides! :)

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  4. Yeah... maybe in one of these stories the old foogy should win :)

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    1. I think so, it would certainly be something new! :)

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  5. I tell you, those fairy tales messed me up for life. The lessons to be learned!

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. Me too, I'm still waiting for my prince charming to whisk me away to his Castle so we can live happily ever after :)

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