We have been reading fairy tales at my primary school library. Last week I shared Jack and the Beanstalk with my classes. The children at my school were struck by the vileness of the ogre in the story. The ogre's wife warns Jack that his favorite meal is "broiled boys on toast." (gasp!) And look at this ogre:
Pretty scary stuff.
We were talking about the qualities of a fairy tale last week. One common element is that characters are often extremely good or extremely bad. I began to think about whether some of our vilest villains in literature might be in fairy tales.
There is the witch in Hansel and Gretel. She builds a house of candy so as to capture children to eat.
Wolves are always bad. There's the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood...
...and the Big Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs. They always want to eat our heroes and heroines.
Stepmothers are horrible, too. Remember the stepmother and stepsisters from Cinderella?
The stepmother from Snow White is trying to poison her own stepdaughter.
It's the parents in Hansel and Gretel that strike me as the most vile villains, I think, people who willingly abandon their children in the woods to starve.
Did I forget any vile villains of fairy tales? What do you think? Are the vilest villains in fairy tales?
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