“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragon can be beaten.”
– Gilbert Keith Chesterton
What does these 3 Fairy tales teach us?
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Does this ring a bell?
Yes, one of the greatest fairy tales of all time, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Fairy tales are a great way to help us learn and unlearn lot of things happening around us. They teach us in their own unique way. Here we enter into the world of 3 loved fairy tales of all times and see what life skills can we acquire from them.
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
One of the most popular fairy tale of all, everyone has at some point wished for 7 little friends and a prince who loves you so dearly that he can even fight death for you. Snow White and the seven dwarfs besides being magical and beautiful have important life lessons for us.
Let’s look at them closely:
- Not everything that looks tempting may be good
Whether it is a chocolate offered by a stranger or stealing or a job or task which tempts you, if you succumb to temptation without consideration and thought, you are likely to end up like Snow White when she ate the poisoned apple offered to her by her stepmother in disguise. It also teaches us that your seeming beneficiaries might be your worst enemies under the façade.
- Money is not everything
Though the queen had all materialistic riches, she was still insecure and unhappy because she didn’t open her heart to love. Snow White’s true treasure wasn’t her outer beauty but those who loved her- The dwarfs, the prince, the birds and the trees. The mirror on the wall showed the most beautiful person not only from outside.
- Goodness of Heart is what matters
You can change people around you to be a better human being by the goodness of your heart. Snow White by her sheer purity of character was able to melt the huntsman’s heart who was sent by the queen to kill her. There is good in everyone. All it takes is some belief and effort to unveil the goodness.
2. The Red Riding Hood
- People who seem sweet may be sugar-coating their demons
People who look innocuous and helpful with an uncanny sugar coating skill, might turn out to be predators looking for the right time to attack. Keep a distance from them and believe them only when you have proof of what is correct and real.
- Stay Alert at all times
One must be vigilant at all times and not let others take advantage of his weakness. We all are vulnerable in our own ways. There’s never harm to be prepared for any circumstance. Be cautious and stay alert.
- Don’t trust strangers
Do not reveal your personal details to strangers or you can have yourself or your loved ones in trouble. Red Riding Hood best demonstrates this fact through the story.
3. Beauty and the Beast
The recent success of the rendition of the classic tale starring Emma Watson proves that the story will never cease being relevant. It has the two most important messages that people must remember in this artificial world.
- Beauty is not skin deep
Physical attractiveness is only momentary. Once the glow and attractiveness withers away, all that matters is nature and a kind heart. If you are an attractive person yet a horrible human, people would only look up to you in your good times. When life gives you hurdles, you would be left alone with people only taking pleasures of your miseries.
- Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
Belle looked at the beast for his heart and not his appearance. His heart made her fall for him. This turned the beast back to the original prince that he was. If you believe in the beauty of people, you get the beautiful traits of the people. How you see someone, defines your character more than it defines theirs.