The fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast comes from a novel written by a French writer Madame Gabrielle–Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740. Similar stories can be found in literature as early as the 2nd century A.D. in Lucius Apuleius’ book the Golden Ass where Cupid, cursed to appear as a serpent-man, falls in love
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One of the most popular and enduring fairy tales is the story of Hansel and Gretel. It is dark tale but full of interesting symbolism. There are many versions in many cultures but the version I used was the Brothers Grimm retelling, published in the early to mid 19th century popularizing the tale.
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Engraving by Eugen Johann Georg Klimsch (November 29, 1839 – July 9, 1896),
There are many versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood but in many of the stories there are some common symbols.
There is always an innocent and sweet little girl that wears a cloak or cap. (Not always red.)
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Mythologies, fairy tales and folklore are stories that have an enduring power that ordinary stories lack. Hidden within these stories are universal themes and archetypal patterns.We all have favorite fairy tales and each one that we loved tells us something important about ourselves.
They tell the stories of our lives, our sufferings, our misunderstandings and
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