The Origins of Wonder Tales

W.J.D. English 101 The Origins of Wonder Tales and the Reason for Their Creation and Evolution Folk tales, fairy tales, wise tales, and wonder tales are all a part of virtually everyones lives from one point of time to another. Whether your a child an adult or a grandparent these stories play a significant role in ones continuing development. Although they have an effect on people of all ages children are most susceptible to the primary goal of telling and recording these stories. The purpose of this form of interaction (again primarily focusing on the application of story telling to mold children) is to instill moral codes and hope in our youth and to do so in an entertaining way which is also most often the primary directive but should not be considered the only purpose. The majority of these stories originated during the middle ages, or at least the written versions, given the fact that social interaction was not a concept and potentially dangerous given the territorial basis of human life before the beginning of agriculture. During this time people were what we call today nomadic: they wandered from one area to another following the seasons and whatever food source they depended upon(HY101). During this time there was no need for writing consequently it was never developed. Language itself was primary and regional, only those tribes native to the area could efficiently communicate with each other. These two factors deteriorate the argument that the stories are any older than agriculture. This new way of life (agricultural) presented a problem, how do you communicate efficiently with others and keep track of debts. These were the primary directives of establishing a written language. Soon writing made the transition from purely business oriented to the social entertainment realm. These wonder tales, including Cinderella, were seldom recorded and some would argue that this very fact is what gives them their charac…

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