Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault (1628. - 1703.) was born in Paris to a wealthy family as the seventh child. His father was very strict and imposed a particular kind of education upon him, so he decided to study law. When he finished school, he got a job in the public service.

Many consider him to be the founder of the most popular genre between children, and those are the fairytales. He took his inspiration out of folks tales. Some of them were carried mouth to mouth, and the Grimm brothers told some of them. The fairytales that Charles made famous: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, and Puss in Boots.

This famous writer from France published another interesting book and it is Tales of Mother Goose. It consisted out of 8 fairytales.

Charles published this work under the name of his son. His fairytales were so popular that they were screen and TV adapted. The first fairytale The Sleeping Beauty was published in 1969.

Charles was considered to be one of the most influential people in the 17th century and a fighter for the younger generations. A conflict was going on back then between the old who believed that people should stick to the traditional way of writing and the young who were fighting for a new, fresh way of w

The Ridiculous Wishes

The story "The Ridiculous Wishes", also known as "Three Ridiculous Wishes" is a French fairy tale by Charles Perrault and it was published in 1697 in Histoires ou Contes du temps passé. The story describes the life of an unsatisfied woodcutter who complained about the skies never granting him a wish. Then Jupiter appeared and told him that he will grant his wish but the woodcutter got … [Read more...]

The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

The moral of every fairytale is that good conquers all and in these fairytale the same thing happens when the young princess lives a happy life with her prince and two kids, while the evil queen pays for her actions. Except for the happy ending many other events that a poor servant encountered are described in the fairytale. He fought to prevent the evil queen from eating his family … [Read more...]

Ricky of the Tuft

"Ricky of the Tuft" is a fairytale about two princesses and an ugly prince that received their abilities from a good fairy. We are used to miracles happen in fairytales and so did in this one. The prince fell in love with the most beautiful princess of all kingdom but the love wasn’t mutual. Even though his physical wasn’t attractive he talked to her and she fell in love with his … [Read more...]

The Fairies

The fairytale "Fairies" is one of the most famous works by Charles Perrault. The story begins with a mother that had two daughters. They weren’t much alike and the older one was more like her mother while the younger one was known as the most beautiful girls that were a lot like a father who was well known as a kind man. That was one of the reasons why her mother and sister didn’t … [Read more...]

Donkeyskin

This fairytale can be compared to Cinderella because of the ring that only fits to one hand. The main theme of the story is the love between young princess and a prince. A relationship between two families is being described so on one side we have the desperate princess’s father who wants to marry his own daughter but he is stopped by a fairy that helps the girl escape. On the other … [Read more...]

Little Thumb

A tiny and wise boy named Little Thumb was very poor. In his intentions to help his family he became smaller and smaller but wiser at the same time. He managed to confront an evil cannibal that wanted to eat his brothers and him. Even though his parents wanted to get rid of all of their obligations by leaving the kids in the forest Little Thumb wasn’t mad. Instead he tried to find a … [Read more...]

Little Red Riding Hood

"Little Red Riding Hood" is one of the most famous stories from Perrault's fairytales. Even though witches, fairies and other surreal creatures don’t appear in this story there are many unordinary events. If there wasn’t for them then Little Red Riding Hood would never be freed from the wolf’s insides. Despite the fact that she was a obedient child, Little Red Riding Hood committed an … [Read more...]

Bluebeard

Fairytales awaken human’s imagination and praise the prize that will go to those who are patient, hard-working, honest and they tell us about people’s personalities which makes us think if the people we believe in re worthy of our friendship and care. The moral of this story is that what you see isn’t always what you get and that we shouldn’t be judging people based on their … [Read more...]

Cinderella

Cinderella is the story of jealousy, virtues and sufferings of Cinderella and hostility of her older sisters. The fairytale about Cinderella has won many generations and everyone who believes that a humiliated being will rise and win and also that beauty and virtue not only have to be rewarded but also recognized. Cinderella is a fairytale about how big forgiveness can be and because … [Read more...]

Puss in Boots

Puss in boots is a well-known story about the third and the youngest son who gets the worse part of the inheritance, almost nothing. That son got a cat for which was believed to be useless. In this fairytale the main character, Cat, presents the qualities of a younger son which are intelligence, bravery, and wittiness. The moral of the story is that a man should always rely on his … [Read more...]