Blog Entry #3
One very famous fairy tale that has a child as the hero is Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is a young boy who lives with his widowed mother and are very poor. They live in a small house and there only food supply is a cow. One morning the cow stops supplying milk and so Jack sells the cow for beans. The beans that he traded were magical beans grew a very tall beanstalk with a giant that lives at the top. Jack was very brave and was the hero in this tale because his bravery helped him sneak up the beanstalk and get gold and even a chicken that laid gold eggs.
Another fairy tale with a child that is a hero in my eyes is Thumbelina. She is born out of a flower and is a tiny fairy. She goes through many hardships after being kidnapped by a toad. She struggles to survive throughout the winters after no one she meets will fully help her. She finally meets a fairy prince and she marries him. This fairy tales portrays Thumbelina as a young girl that can live on her own and make it in the end and marry a prince and live happily ever after.
Freud thought that when children are the hero of a fairy tale that children could easier relate to the story. It gives children the hope that they need, such as a little girl marrying a prince or a little boy taking on a giant. For adults it can take them back to there childhood days, but at the same time dig deeper and relate to the true meaning of the fairy tales.