Sympathy for the Devil?

There's a new school of thought roaming the halls for fiction. I've referred to it in the past as revisionist fairy tale history. The stories handed down through the generations are very clearly morality tales all with the same basic message--being good is better than being bad. There are myriad ways to put that, but…

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose, When she wanted to wander, Would ride through the air On a very fine gander. Mother Goose had a house, ’Twas built in a wood, Where an owl at the door For sentinel stood. This is her son Jack, A smart looking lad. He is not very good, Nor yet very bad.…

“Jack” and the Beanstalk

I think we can all agree that, on the whole, fairy tales try to teach us something about life. Usually there are warnings about the dangers of taking a dark path, talking to strangers, and not minding your elders. Others show how goodness can reap its own rewards and sometimes a castle and a title…