How To Torture A Beloved Story To Death (And Ruin Children)

The Victorians ‘sanitized’ European Fairy tales to be ‘Nicer and Gentler’ to ‘protect’ their children and the Educational System is continuing the practice!
Political correctness taken several steps too far?
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Tara Sparling writes

There is an ancient myth in Irish lore called “The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne” (or Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne, if you’re being scholarly about it). The vast majority of Irish children become familiar with the myth when they are very young. Some even study the 16th century Irish language text as teenagers for their final school exams. But it comes from the even older oral tradition, when stories were told around the fireside. Either way, it’s a great story: with love, deceit, betrayal, a big chase, and magic galore. It was a particular favourite of mine.

The story I know goes that Gráinne, the beautiful and spirited daughter of the powerful Irish High King, was to be married off in a political alliance to Fionn MacCumhaill, who although a great and famous warrior, was a ridiculously old widower by the time he felt like nuptialising Gráinne (the dirty old man)…

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4 thoughts on “How To Torture A Beloved Story To Death (And Ruin Children)

  1. But what do we want to teach our children: that the world is a horrible place, filled with danger? That they should never look for happiness, always be wary? There needs to be a balance, and the amount of “sweetness” in their literature should be determined by the age and maturity level of the listener/reader. I don’t like princess fairytales because they teach that no female can be happy unless she gets married to the handsomest man she can find, and that once married, there will never be a problem. On the other hand, I don’t like Grimm’s fairy tales for LITTLE children because it MAY teach them to be fearful. The Bible teaches that, although aware of the evil in the world, we are to keep our minds on the good things in life. We need to teach our children to be kind, compassionate, caring, generous, and humble (not weak).

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. That story is horrible on so many levels. I can’t see how there is anything politically correct about it either. If anything, it teaches the lesson that girls only care for handsome men (the handsomest, obviously) and lovely dresses. Ugh.

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