Some fairy tales are better than others for different types of analyses.
â€œLittle Red Riding Hood,â€ Charles Perraultâ€™s version, or the Grimmâ€™s â€œLittle Red Capâ€ offer quite a bit of information for a character analysis. â€œThe Three Little Pigs,â€ at least in some versions, also has the pigs learning. â€œHansel and Gretelâ€ also has several versions with dynamic characters.
â€œLittle Red Riding Hoodâ€ can also offer an interesting discussion of setting. Or, again, â€œHansel and Gretelâ€ offers the student some interesting setting discussions.
â€œLittle Red Riding Hoodâ€ is also good for theme. â€œThe Three Billy Goats Gruffâ€ is not necessarily good for this because the most obvious theme is â€œmight makes right.â€ â€œThe Three Little Pigsâ€ has garnered some interesting themes besides the obvious of â€œdonâ€™t be lazy,â€ the most interesting being a Marxist reading of the fairy tale.
Most fairy tales are NOT useful for point of view.
I have an answer for this. I bring in a modern childrenâ€™s story of â€œThe Three Little Pigs.â€ The work is called The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf. I donâ€™t ask the students to write on point of view for this section of the class, but this work gives a very good introduction to the concept.
An analysis of style could be done using two versions of the same story. Use Grimm and Perrault or Grimm and Disney.
Both Grimmâ€™s â€œLittle Red Capâ€ and â€œHansel and Gretelâ€ have sufficient symbolism in them to introduce this concept.
This was part of a presentation made to the Conference of College Teachers of English: Texas in March.