First blog response/writing assignment: 1.20.17 HW

Hooray! It’s your very first writing assignment. Congrats on getting through week two of school.

Read the article: “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” (http://lithub.com/why-we-love-weird-fairy-tales/#)

Afterwards, look back on the list of characteristics that are found in arguments (pp. 120-21 in your textbook – scanned copies of this are up on Moodle FYI), and point out a few that you think are represented in the article. You may also discuss any or some that you think are absent in the article. This will require a few brief examples from the article. Your posts should be 3-4 sentences in length.

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19 thoughts on “First blog response/writing assignment: 1.20.17 HW

  1. Tobias Carroll, author of “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales,” portrays many different characteristics features. Carroll supports his writing with background history of each novel that he mentions and depicts. For example, “The Tale of Tales,” which is a collection of dozens of stories, was published in the early 17th century. Carroll goes into great detail and supports his work with good reasoning and supportive evidence. He goes on to talk about the many stories and how different they are with all different plots. I personally enjoyed the many different forms of writing that Tobias Carroll used in “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales.”

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  2. I think a main characteristic feature that is shown throughout “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” is a response to what others have said or done. For example, in “The Wild Swans”, the protagonist happens to be the unlucky one and the interest or lack of interest that women give him, effects his attitude in the future. Another characteristic feature that is shown is attention to more than one point of view. This is shown when “The Little Man” is told from second person point of view.

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  3. In the article “Why we love weird fairytales” there were several different characterizes that take place in arguments. The first example was when the author talks about the background of fairytales serving as a introduction to storytelling. Another example is when the author lets us know why the topic matters in the last paragraph. Revealing that there is a larger world that is complex in fairytales. Finally the articles gives us a a alternative fairytales writes called “Grow a pair” that the author describes as 9.5 pornographic fairytales which gives the reader another point of view.

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  4. Tobias Carrol, the author of “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales”, uses many typical characteristics that are found in arguments. He starts off first with “The Tale of Tales” using background information about the composition of the work as well as the history of its author, Giambattista Basile. Carrol also does a good job of taking a position on the piece and analyzing both positive and negative aspects, calling it “memorable” while also warning of its anti-semitism and 17th century prejudices. When Carrol talks about the fairy tale “Little Man”, he emphasizes how the topic is unique and how the piece’s theme is more gory and isn’t what most people would assume as a storybook fairy tale.

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  5. Reading this article i noticed the presence of the response to what others have said or done. The author mentions how fairy tales and stories are told multiple times by people who have been told these stories and the list goes on. I also noticed the attention to more than one point of view. The author states that stories and fairy tales are told differently depending on who is telling it and what crowd we is telling it to.

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  6. Throughout an article there are multiple characteristics that an author uses and Tobias Carroll uses this in “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales”. Right off the bat at the beginning of the article Carroll uses explicit reasoning saying fairy tales serve as an introduction to storytelling. This is a very strong opening line that sets the stage for what the article is going to be about. The “Tale of Tales” uses good reasons and evidence because there is dozens of stories as well as 50 distinct narratives. Having a lot of examples is a good characteristic to have in an article.

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  7. After reading the article “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” written by Tobias Carroll, there were a few characteristic features that stood out amongst the writing that could potentially be found in arguments. Carroll lists various examples of fairytale pieces and provides good reasons and evidence towards the ideas behind the love for weird fairy tales. For instance, the author describes Giambattista’ Basile’s The Tale of Tales as memorable because of twofold: the imagery used in the stories as well as the tart tone. Carroll ultimately attempts to appeal to the readers’ values and also portrays a clear indication of why the topic matters in the first place. In my opinion, she gave great examples of different pieces that give argumentation as to why society enjoys such weird fairy tales.

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  8. “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales,” is an article written by Tobias Carroll and his view and perspective on many famous tales. In this article, the author uses characteristic features such as background information and more than one point of view. Carroll mentions a retold story of “The Wild Swans,” and tells the readers the background and history of the story and the moral of the story. Carroll stated “The protagonist of the story is the lucky one, who remains in possession of one wing in lieu of one of his arms…this leads to a life of frustration and loneliness.” “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” has many different characteristic with background history just being one of them.

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  9. One of the characteristics that I found in the article was the presence of an explicit position. In the beginning of the article, the author clearly states that he believes introductions to fairy tales leave out the more gruesome and scary aspects of the story because they are being told to children. The article gives appropriate background information by explaining the background of The Tale of Tales. This is helpful because the author uses this as a main reference point in the article. The article also includes good reasons and evidence supporting this position by providing various examples from different fairy tales which he uses to further back up his point. One characteristic that the article does not include is the attention to more than one point of view. I think if it included this characteristic it would have more depth and appeal to more readers.

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  10. In the article, Carroll uses the characteristic of good reasons and evidence to support the point of his article. He uses specific examples of fairy tales and stories to back up the assertions he makes throughout the article. He references many different fairy tales and stories such as, “Tale of Tales” and “The Unfinished World and Other Stories.” Which each story he references, he gives some background information to strengthen his position with the reader. The more information you can convey to the reader the more likely they are to understand message of the article.

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  11. In my opinion, the most prominent characteristic that Tobias Carroll used in his article, “Why We Love Weird Fairytales” was the use of appropriate background information. For every work the author mentioned, he used some form of background information to validate his opinions of why fairytales are as great as he makes them out to be. Nearly the entire article can be deemed as an “example” of his use of background information but a good example of it is, “In the beginning of the British television series, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the horror writer title character urged viewers to ‘put conventional logic to one side.'” Honestly I was somewhat lost the entire time reading this article because I didn’t know of any of the works that were mentioned, but the constant use of background information did give some insight into what those works were about.

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  12. A clear indication of why the topic matters can be seen when Carroll explains that childhood fairy tales left out some of the the more horrific details. “Fairy tales left out some of the grislier bits, the horrid fates that befell certain characters or subtexts.” Appropriate background information and evidence can also be perceived when Carroll reinforces the history as well as the storyline of each novel.

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  13. In the article, Tobias Carroll discusses several authors and their different versions of fairy tales. In my opinion, the most evident of the writing characteristics used throughout the article is the author’s use of appropriate background information. If it hadn’t been for the author’s detailed descriptions of each of the fairy tales referenced in the article, such as “The Tale of Tales” and “Grow a Pair,” the readers probably wouldn’t have been able to understand the author’s opinions and point of view. The author is able to briefly portray what each of the example works are about. Another characteristic that is made clear by the author is an explicit position. The author’s love of fairy tales is obvious to the reader. One characteristic that I believe is missing in this article is the appeal to the readers’ values. The way that the article is written focuses mainly on the author’s opinion that fairy tales are great and it seems like he assumes that everyone loves “weird fairy tales” just as much as he does. It doesn’t leave much room for the readers to form their own opinions.

    -Taylor Ward

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  14. In the article “Why we love weird fairytales” there were several different characteristics that take place in arguments. The author mentions how fairy tales and stories are told time after time by people who have been told these stories by others. The author says that stories and fairy tales are always told differently depending on who is telling the story or fairytale and what type of audience they are telling it to. One example was when the author talks about the background of fairytales being a introduction for storytelling. This was honestly confusing as I was reading but these are some of the things that I actually noticed after going back and reading the list of characteristics from the scanned readings.

    -Bernae Morgan

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  15. There is a plethora of similar characteristics found between the reading and the article but the characteristics that stood out the most to me was a response to what others have said or done and attention to more than one point of view. One of the responses is was how fairy tale stories are passed on from person to person and word of mouth. The next characteristic I noticed was the attention to more than one point of view. All fairy tales are different depending on who the author and audience is and what point of view the fairy tale and direction the story is going.

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  16. There are many similar characteristics between the article and the textbook, but the most gleaming similarities between the two are the responses to what others have said and done and why the topic matters. The response that stood out to me is the way these stories are passed down from generation to generation. A great example of the topic really matters is the way some forms of the stories leave out the horrific and grisly parts of the story. Not everyone is going to want to read a disturbing story that does not even have a happy ending.

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  17. In the article, “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” by Tobias Caroll a quite a but of the basic Characterist Features of arguements. In almost every paragraph, Caroll uses Appropriate background information and attempts to appeal to the reader’s values. All of this is done in order to explain the reasoning as to why we enjoy weird fairy tales so much.

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  18. In the article of “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales” uses the characteristic features of paying attention to more than one point of view by listing different authors with different Fairy Tales such as Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales and Amber Spark’s collection Unfinished World and Other Stories. The article uses an authoritative tone by not questioning how the authors wrote but instead telling the reader how the different authors used literature to write their own types of fairy tales. Last of all, the article gave incredible background information considering myself as a reader only read on of the stories mention and was able to still understand the article.

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  19. In “Why We Love Weird Fairy Tales”, the author, Tobias Carroll, mostly uses background information for his argument. Carroll compares original fairy tales from past to those of the present and tells how they are modernized. He explains that authors like Angela Carter “trace out how an old story’s bizarre workings can make their way into the light of the present day.” He also implements history by saying “The Tale of Tales” was written in the 17th century. He says that modern authors like for their audience to reimagine old tales.

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