Ideas linking disability with evil fill the folklore of Britain and Europe. The Brothers Grimm collected the oral stories of northern Europe and turned them into their Fairy Tales. For example, the witch in Hansel and Gretel is deformed, blind and ugly, with a stick. Images shown to us early in our lives are bound to affect the way we see and relate to disabled people in later years. This story is still widely read by young children. Many films for children, such as The Princess Bride (1987, Rob Reiner, USA), draw on these tales.

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:09 am  Comments Off on Folklore  
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