Volume : IV, Issue : IV, April - 2015

Abstract :

 Every society has its folk tales and fairy tales, which are passed from one generation to the other by oral speech. Because 

fairy tales are universal in all ages, societies, races and cultures they have many similar aspects in their plots, forms and 
When we examine fairy tales in a feminist reading, it is obvious that traditional social norms or traditional gender roles trait 
young minds with stereotypical gender patterns so early in so–called fairy tales for children, lots of them are for adults. 
The fairy tales produce passive female and active male behaviors idealized in patriarchal society that female characters 
are stereotypically portrayed as submissive, dependent, powerless, incapable and obedient while male figures are typically 
portrayed as dynamic, independent, powerful and disobedient. 
This paper not only gives a short definition and historical background of the term fairy tale, but also focuses on a closer 
feminist reading of traditional gender roles in fairy tales in English Fairy Tales (1890) collected by Joseph Jacobs and Forty 
Four Turkish Fairy Tales (1913) collected by Ignácz Kúnos.

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