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Various social movements in the last centuries have shifted society in many ways, whereas fairy tales have stayed within the same narratives. Should fairytales be retold to reflect modern values?

Fairy tales should not be rewritten for the modern world Show more Show less

Fairytales are of a time and should be enjoyed in their form. That they remain with us suggests their continued relevance.
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Traditional fairy tales teach children moral lessons

Fairy tales give children an early sense of the world by teaching valuable moral lessons and the guidelines between good and evil.
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The Argument

Traditional fairy tales are critical to a child’s moral development. When considering early fables as a type of fairy tale, the goal of the story is to teach a moral. These simple morals from fables like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper” teach children valuable moral lessons that they can incorporate in their lives.[1] It is the simplicity of these stories that makes them easy to remember for children. The concept of simplicity also applies to traditional fairy tales with princes and princesses. Most fairy tales share the same archetypes with the clearly evil character, the damsel in distress, and the good hero of the story. While this may oversimplify some moral issues, it introduces children to moral truths.[2] It emphasizes the difference between good and evil and encourages the mindset that good will overcome evil.

Counter arguments

There should be more relevant stories to communicate morals. In a rapidly changing society, traditional fairy tales may not connect as well with children anymore. Rewriting fairy tales for a modern society encourages the teaching of moral truths in a more relevant way. While fairy tales may teach that good overcomes evil, a child may struggle to connect to the story to the modern world. Therefore, a modern retelling of a fairy tale would be more effective in teaching children moral lessons.


[P1] The simple structure of traditional fairy tales allows a platform for morals to be taught. [P2] Children should be exposed to moral truths at a young age. [P3] Therefore, traditional fairy tales should not be rewritten.

Rejecting the premises



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