Fairytales And History Essay

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Script thing for that AP Euro project you don't want to do---Hello everyone! Today you are going to learn things!...You learn things everyday?WELL TOO BADYOU ARE GOING TO LEARN THIS THING AND YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE ITNow please strap on your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy ride!I would like to present the topic known as European Mythical-mythologic-mytho-myth-mythological creatures.Yea.I would like to discuss European Myths and their "dangerous" creatures, and how it affected their culture and why they had them in the first place.Trust me, it ranges from old tales used to help children go to sleep to horror stories used to keep those same children in check. And adults. And suchI'll explain in this video, don't rush me.European mythological stories and creatures go back a long ways away, past medieval times, and going as far back as China is old. In this presentation, I'm going to mainly focus upon the creatures in the fairytales of old.They were able to impact the people of Europe in various ways, but mostly psychologically. It affected people's behaviour, whether it be children or adult, how individuals perceived things, what people created, and what people feared. It may have been big in the medieval times for fear of the unknown, but even after those days, they stayed to affect the people of Europe in many ways.Now on with the presentation.The first creature I would like to discuss is the "Elder Tree Mother", or a Dryad. It is a creature that represents a woman embedded within a tree, blossoms covering her body. Popular folklore emerged in England and the Scandinavian Peninsula, the Elder Mother was used mostly to teach a lesson. It made men afraid to carelessly chop down trees in their area in case they ran into one of these creatures. In which case they asked a tree if it was okay to cut it down. Farmers in England also believed that a branch from an elder tree would protect them from rheumatism. And on and on it goes, Hans Christian Andersen, however, had a new take on the Elder Mother's existence. In his story,Hyldemoer (published in 1844), he presented the tree as a ever growing being, that stays with you and grows along with you as time goes on, but unlike you, it never dies unless forced to. This was called Memory. Unlike earlier periods in time, this had more of a philosophical edge to it, as such to match with the time period.Shall I get into dragons? Dragons are probably the most universal creature in the world, and in every single European nation, a variation of the dragon exists. And with each nation it resembles something different. In England, they are revered and seen as powerful and courageous, yet also feared and somewhat greedy. Many family crests contained dragons. Wales has a dragon on their flag, enough said. In Spain, dragons were seen as graceful, elegant, yet powerful creatures. In France they were seen as fearsome and beautiful. In Russia, they were seen as entertainment, or horrific. They vary and change...

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