Honors Theses


College of Education


Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Folk and fairy tales have been told for centuries. The most prevalent medium of dispersing popular tales changed with technological advancements. Printed word superseded oral storytelling, to be succeeded by film. Some communal aspects of the tales were lost as print emerged, but with print came illustrations to describe the text. Film reimbued the tales with some of the theatrical elements of the oral tale while keeping, and heightening, the visual elements of the illustrated texts. The tale Cinderella has been, and still is, remarkably poplar. As such, it has received attention in academic circles and popular culture. The tale, due to the many variants, is difficult to define, but there are some core elements that seem to allow broad generalizations. Tales like Cinderella, having survived centuries, speak to deeply-seated human desires to commune with others, to tell stories, to tell truths.

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First Advisor

Alley, Kathleen M.

Second Advisor

Hopper, Peggy F.

Third Advisor

Oppenheimer, Seth