Once Upon a Time…
I chose “From Brother’s Grimm to Disney” because I grew up in a very poor family. I was also one of the youngest of seven siblings, I was the first person to graduate high school and first to come to college. I needed something to tell me anything could happen for someone like me. I found fairytales first as hand me down videos from my sister. They allowed me the comfort of believing that anything could happen with just a little hope. Growing up I believed in the Disney fairytales, thinking they were the original, then I found the original stories my sophomore year of high school. This sparked my interest in the original fairytales, so when I saw that McDaniel offered a FYS on it, I waned to take the class to learn more of the origins of other fairytales. I hope to learn why fairytales help us through hard times in our life or why they create hope for someone like me when all they are are just a compilation of words that really mean nothing. They don’t provide any truth or fact that anything would ever actually happen in life.
My favorite fairytales are Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Brave. I like these fairytales because they have quite literally shaped who I am. Snow white taught me to love nature; Arora taught me to be nice to everyone; Cinderella taught me to not give up even in hard times; and Merida taught me to be myself and not conform to something you don’t agree with. Out of them I would say that I prefer Cinderella and Merida just because I feel like I learned more from them.