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The revisiting

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Fairy tales have been present for centuries in people’s life and everyone likes them

because they always have a happy ending while spreading a positive message thanks to a moral. At first, a fairy tale is a story, often intended for children, that features wondrous and fanciful characters such as elves, wizards and even, but not necessarily, fairies. The term « fairy » tale seems to refer more to the fantastic and magical setting or magical influences within a story, rather than the presence of the character of a fairy tale within that story. Indeed, that is why nowadays many contemporary artists (writers, directors, painters, drawers, cartoonists) are revisiting the most famous of them by rewriting negative or positive elements that happens in real life by putting forward problems of today’s society, without forgetting morality.

01. Question

02. Useful vocabulary

03. 6 documents

04. Conclusion

05. Thanks








How do the contemporary artists twist fairy tales in order to denounce society behaviors ?

Useful vocabulary



❖ Plot
❖ Curse
❖ Magic
❖ Enemy
❖ Wicked
❖ Wizards
❖ Animals
❖ Wondrous
❖ Characters
❖ Enchantment
❖ Obstacles or tasks

❖ Evil
❖ Hero
❖ Wand
❖ Villain
❖ Royalty
❖ Conflict
❖ Fanciful
❖ Princesses
❖ Protagonist
❖ Prince charming
❖ Happily ever after

❖ Myth
❖ Novel
❖ Drama
❖ Ancient
❖ Folklore
❖ Children
❖ Peter Pan
❖ Cinderella
❖ Snow White
❖ Charles Perrault
❖ The moral lesson

❖ Twist
❖ Books
❖ Cinema
❖ Retelled
❖ Revisited
❖ Rewritten
❖ Traditions
❖ Imaginary
❖ Walt Disney
❖ Little Red Riding Hood
❖ Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

6 documents



1st document

Name : Little Red Riding Wolf
Type of document : Poem from Revolting Rhymes
Author : Roald Dahl
Date : 1982

Description : To sum up, in this version Little Red Riding Hood is therefore the one who carries the final blow of the tale, and thus manages to surprise us all because the little girl stands on her two feet showing that she does not need a brave young man or a prince to save her from her enemy.

2nd document

Name : Peter Pan
Type of document : Film
Director : Paul John Hogan
Date : 2003

Description : Here, the main character Wendy, must follow her destiny according to her aunt, that’s to say, she must become an exemplary woman, who must have a husband and children. To sum, she doesn't have the right to do what she wants, to become an author. Indeed, director Paul John Hogan wants to send a message about the condition of the women.

Name : Snowy
Type of document : Photograph
Photographer : Dina Goldstein
Date : 2008

Description : Fallen Princesses (2007-2009) is a series of 10 photographs taken by Dina Goldstein, featuring humanized fairy tale Princesses dealing with modern day scourges. Thereby, it is the modern relationships at home between husbands and wives with children that are depicted here. As a result, with this document we can deduce that the happily ever after promised by the fairy tales is not realistic and that the reality is not bright as expected.

3rd document

4th document

Name : Cinderella Type of document : Film
Director : Kay Cannon Date : 2021

Description : Each generation brings its own perspective to the Cinderella story and in this version, Cinderella (singer Camila Cabello) has big dreams of being a fashion designer and supporting herself so that she no longer has to live in her stepmother's basement. As a result, the "new Cinderella" does not go to the ball, for the prince this time, but only to show off her work as a stylist by wearing one of her creations.

5th document

Name : Snow White and the Huntsman
Type of document : Film
Director : Rupert Sanders
Date : 2012

Description : In this version, Queen Ravenna, an evil woman, tasks a huntsman named Eric to murder her stepdaughter Snow White. However, instead of killing her, he eventually becomes her protector.

6th document

Name : Beauty and the Beast
Type of document : Film
Director : Bill Condon
Date : 2017

Description : Belle, a village girl, embarks on a journey to rescue her father from a creature that has imprisoned him in his dungeon. Nevertheless, she eventually learns that the creature is an enchanted prince who has been cursed.




Eventually, as we have seen, Disney’s stereotypical societal tropes about women and girls disturb many artists. So, that is why contemporary ones twist fairy tales in order to update them with the principles of our society because the moral that we have known as children has evolved since that time. As we grow, new ones are created and our opinions change as well, which is why it is also important to transcribe them. Thus, to denounce the behaviors of society artists talk about the condition of women nowadays because the vision of women in fairy tales is totally to be reviewed. Indeed, unfortunately, our expectations of fairy tale women are usually associated to the image of defenseless, weak creatures who cannot do a thing for themselves except waiting for the hero to help them escape (Sleeping Beauty, Snow-White). However, times have changed and nowadays women’s rights and feminist movements have such a strong presence in today’s society, that the portrayal of these weak victims made by the artists and thus on which the fairy tales insist on picturing over and over, tends to look backward and completely outdated.