This past unit in English class we have been working on analyzing and comparing fairy tales. In my final essay, I chose to compare two different versions of Snow White. One version was written by Roald Dahl and one was written by the Grimm Brothers. This is my personal answer to the unit question.
How does story work in the creation, maintenance, and change of culture and social values?
I think that stories help to create, maintain and change culture by sharing messages that are important to each culture. These stories pass on important ideas through a culture, and they will evolve eventually along with the culture. I think that the stories hold values and ideas that are very important to their specific culture. I think that in the fairy tales it was clear that the stories have changed over time, and the morals in the story had changed. For example, they Dahl version of the story was much more liberal than the Grimm version, which shows that the morals of people have evolved.
Overall, I think that stories are very important to the creation, maintenance and change of culture. I think that stories are a very important aspect of our cultures and our society.