Are classic fairytales to harsh for kids?

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Registered: 09-20-2009
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 3:10pm

I don't know.

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Registered: 03-19-2002
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 1:12am

I think children might not grasp second degrees in stories as much as adult do, which could explain why parents find it now harsh to read certain stories to kids, probably not fully remembering that as kids they didin't find it cruel, weird or scary themselves.

I remember reading stories as a kid and never really giving a second thought about them, until I entered highschool and learned about symbolism and metaphor. The little red riding hood is one of these famous example, the kid only reads a story about a girl who end up talking to the bad wolf against her mother's warning, get tricked into taking the long way to her grand ma's home and then end up being eaten.
The hidden symbols and second degree actually tells a tale of how a girl should be careful about sexual offenders and rapist, the kid obviously doesn't get that part, but reading the tale in litterature class as a Highschool senior bearing in mind the hidden message...hell yeah it is indeed just that on a second degree!


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