Charles Perrault – “Wonder tales”

Charles Perrault, was a French who would come to set the foundations for a new literary genre, The Fairy tale, With his various story’s, may of them stemming from some of the many folk tales that were told before him, I wanted to talk bout Perrault because of one story in particular, “Le Petit Chaperon rouge” (Little red riding hood), one of his many more popular tales.

I chose to talk about this as I feel that Little red riding hood, as well as some of his other tales, have had such an incredible impact on the world, with adaptations of the title popping up even to this day, some of them staying quite blatantly true to his story’s where as others are shockingly abstract, to the point where its hard to believe such a story could even be portrayed in such a way.

Even Betty Boop was in my opinion was to be host to a somewhat disturbing rendition of the story considering the audience.

But along with this, there are countless renditions of this story and many others of his, and i think people like Perrault are “living” proof of the power writing has over the world, where a single man can influence countless generations, with nothing but words written down and passed on.

Aesop’s fables – cont

When reading into Aesop and his fables I started to realize how little is certain about him, he has had a large number of fables credited to his name through the century’s, however it is uncertain weather they all did in fact originate from him or not, as there are no writings by Aesop himself, only writings that came century’s after his death after his fables had continuously passed on, and if these fables were passed on from him, who’s to say that he was not influenced by words of others or even just credited for fables he did not tell.

Aesop was such a strong personality that is contemporaries credited him with every fable ever before heard and his successors with every fable told since” Willis L. Parker (1931)

There are many things that could have changed in the fables said to be told by Aesop as the story’s were not documented for a significant period time, many of them could have been altered by those who told them next or even had parts of them lost in translation though different languages, it makes me wonder if the story’s we knew today would be much different if Aesop had documented his fables himself.

 

References:

Willis L. Parker (1931) The fables of Aesop.

 

Aesop’s Fables ~

fables are in most cases, short story’s that make cautionary points, often using animals that act and speak like humans, and is something I have been looking forward to writing about, focusing on one man’s fables in particular known as Aesop.

Hellenistic statue claimed to depict Aesop, Art Collection of Villa Albani, Rome.

Hellenistic statue claimed to depict Aesop, Art Collection of Villa Albani, Rome.

Although his birthplace is not certain, it is said that he was born into slaver around the year 620 BC, during his time as a slave he was owned by two masters, the latter of which would decide to give Aesop his freedom as a reward for his learning ability and wit, meaning that now, as a “freedman” he then had the right to get involved with public affairs, and so he did, and continued to do so until he found himself in a position or high renown, and although this is not where his story ends, I do not want to talk about Aesop’s story itself, but rather the wonderful story’s or, “fables” he would come to tell others and how they would live on throughout time to this very day.

 

References:

Willis L. Parker (1931) The fables of Aesop.