I also learned about many of the deeper meanings of the fairytales I thought I was familiar with. We analyzed these fairytales from a variety of different viewpoints such as feminist religious social psychological etc. Through these different perspectives I learned that each fairy tale had completely different underlying themes and messages that I did no recognize as a child but have grown to appreciate now looking back at them.
After we analyzed all of the familiar tales we moved on to other European tales that I was not familiar with. We analyzed these tales in a similar fashion as the other. However I did not nearly enjoy these analyses as much. This is because I could not compare the feelings for the stories I had once analyzing them, to the ones from my child hood, because I had not previously read them.
My favorite part of the course was the guest lecturers and all of the tales we learned about from around the world. I really enjoyed how each culture had their own unique fairy and folk tales but all of the tales shared similarities and motifs. Growing up reading only “western” fairy tales, I think the experience of reading the fairy tales from all other places in the world was extremely interesting and eye opening. We learned so much about a culture simply through their fairy and folktales I never previously thought that so much information can be extracted from a single tale.