"mother made me mind her with stories"

Illustration of Walter Stenström's The boy and the trolls or The Adventure
Public DomainIllustration of Walter Stenström's The boy and the trolls or The Adventure - Credit: John Bauer
Though many fairy tales, such Madame de Villeneuve's "Beauty and the Beast," were intended for adult audiences, fairy tales have long been associated with children and many have been rewritten for young audiences. As Ger suggests, fairy tales often served to instruct and warn children. Several theorists and psychoanalysts have examined the role of fairy tales in society; while their conclusions are varied, fairy tales are generally regarded as devices that help individuals gain insight into the ways of the world and examine their role in the scheme of things.