Jack Zipes quotes

  • Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been “a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Mean #Fairy Tale #Conquer

  • Alas for those girls who've refused the truth: The sweetest tongue has the sharpest tooth.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Girl #Teeth #Tongue

  • The fairy tale emanates from specific struggles to humanize ***** and barbaric forces, which have terrorized our minds and communities in concrete ways, threatening to destroy free will and human compassion. The fairy tale sets out to conquer this concrete terror through metaphors.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Struggle #Compassion #Community

  • It was not once upon a time, but a certain time in history, before anyone knew what was happening, that Walt Disney cast a spell on the fairy tale, and he has held it captive ever since.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Once Upon A Time #Fairy Tale #Tales

  • Though Snow White might triumph in the tale, she will undoubtedly acquire a mirror after she marries, matures, and has children, and as the mirror reflects her aging and loss of beauty, she will be confronted by a young girl whose innocence and youth will spark her envy and hatred and perhaps drive her to eliminate her “competition.” It appears as though there is a vicious cycle that entraps women up through today. Everything is played out under the male gaze.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Girl #Children #Loss

  • Over the centuries we have transformed the ancient myths and folk tales and made them into the fabric of our lives. Consciously and unconsciously we weave the narratives of myth and folk tale into our daily existence.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Fabric #Narrative #Ancient

  • The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Roles #Storyteller

  • If there is one ‘constant’ in the structure and theme of the wonder tale, it is transformation.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Transformation #Wonder #Structure

  • Inevitably they find their way into the forest. It is there that they lose and find themselves. It is there that they gain a sense of what is to be done. The forest is always large, immense, great and mysterious. No one ever gains power over the forest, but the forest posses the power to change lives and alter destinies.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Life Changing #Destiny #Gains

  • Fairy tales begin with conflict because we all begin our lives with conflict. We are all misfit for the world, and somehow we must fit in, fit in with other people, and thus we must invent or find the means through communication to satisfy as well as resolve conflicting desires and instincts.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Communication #Mean #People

  • What is most disturbing today is that we use rational methods to cultivate the tastes and values of the young in all kinds of educational, religious, and cultural institutions that are predicated on corporate practices and goals. Everything we do to, with, and for our children is influenced by capitalist market conditions and the hegemonic interests of ruling corporate elites. In simple terms, we calculate what is best for our children by regarding them as investments and turning them into commodities.
    -- Jack Zipes

    #Religious #Children #Educational